Frank Lampard drops hint on new Chelsea formation ahead of next season

Frank Lampard superintended his first game as Chelsea manager when he led the club to a pre-season friendly against Irish side Bohemians on Wednesday.

The game which ended in a draw gave the public an idea of what sort of formation and tactics that the club could employ next season. The former England international lined the team in a 4-2-3-1 formation reminiscent of the sort of tactics that Jose Mourinho favours.

He utilized a double pivot in the midfield of Danny Drinkwater and Ampadu which suggests that he could be open to a two-man midfield.

Drinkwater in particular has fallen out of favour since making his switch two seasons ago but could prove relevant in this new formation.

The former Leicester midfielder excelled in that position alongside Kante when the Foxes won the League title in 2016.

This means that Kante would be back to his favourite position alongside Jorginho or Kovacic in a deeper role. Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi has made a quick claim for a starting berth by scoring the first goal in the Frank Lampard era.

The 25-year-old has the best opportunity to become the first choice forward for the club as Olivier Giroud might be handed a fringe role next season.

It would be interesting how this pans out in the next few weeks as the Blues play more friendlies against quality opposition.

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