Merson: Baresi, Maldini would struggle under Lampard at Chelsea

Date published: Monday 13th July 2020 6:20

Paul Merson claims even the very best defenders would struggle with Frank Lampard’s tactics at Chelsea.

The Blues defence were widely criticised following their 3-0 loss to Sheffield United, but Merson believes the blame shouldn’t be aimed at the back four.

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“I think Frank Lampard will have found out a lot about his players and himself at Sheffield United,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Going there is always going to be a difficult game; they’re going to get the ball wide, into the box, they’re going to close you down… it’s not going to be enjoyable.

“He sets up in midfield with Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Mason Mount. When are you getting the ball back? How are you getting the ball back?

“They had a lot of the ball, but it’s not the 70 per cent of the ball they had, it’s the 30 per cent they don’t have that is most important.



“For my 70 per cent you’ve got Willian, Christian Pulisic, Barkley, Mount, but it’s too open in midfield. The defence get the blame, but you could be Costacurta, Baresi, Maldini, if you don’t have strong midfield players in front of you, you’re just going to have people run at you left, right and centre.

“That’s what Sheffield United do to you, they get in your face. I think Frank learned a lot about the way the players just accepted the way the game was going.

“But they’re still well in it with Leicester getting beat, but they have to bounce back. They can’t crash now with three games remaining; it’s a huge two weeks for Frank Lampard now.”


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