Frank Lampard’s first Chelsea game in charge came against the Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Chelsea arrived in Dublin little more than a week ago to start their pre-season as soon as Lampard was appointed and the team looked like one that wasn’t built completely. With many first-team players arriving only on Monday they weren’t selected in the squad.
Lampard started with his policy of playing youth players with both teams consisting of many academy graduates and loan army members, especially in the second half.
The club was stupid to charge fans to watch a pre-season match and it didn’t work either. That’s going to cause some problems.
First Half Lineup:
Chelsea started strong with possession and determination against a tough physical team. With a 4-2-3-1 implemented for the first time in over a year, the squad adapted pretty well.
Seven minutes in Kennedy from left-back dribbled past a set of players to shoot at goal which fell on the path of Michy Batshuayi which the Belgian blasted on to the top of the net to score the first goal of the Lampard era.
A few minutes later Michy won a foul a few yards from the penalty area which Pedro sent flying over the crossbar. Azpilicueta who was playing as a makeshift CB tried to take on Mandroiu and lost possession making it 3v2 but Caballero rushed out to send it out for a corner. It was a good chance for the hosts.
Conor Gallagher caused trouble throughout the first half and he could probably rack up first-team appearances this season. He is physical and has got the legs to run for a No.10. Batshuayi has grown a lot with good hold up play and waiting for his chances. He is confident and caused a lot of trouble to the Bohemian defence.
Ethan Ampadu who played on the left on the two-man midfield pivot took a knock 25 minutes in but was okay to continue. Drinkwater had a pretty quiet game except for the attack when he set up Batshuayi who found Gallagher running into the box but sent it up and high with too much power.
A rare attack from the Bohemians saw Mandroiu strike the ball well just a little over Caballero’s head who pushed it away with a strong arm. It was a good first half with the team leading 1-0 but they lacked coordination but that was good enough for preseason.
Second Half Lineup:
Lampard made eleven changes to the second half sending a completely new team in with Kurt Zouma as the captain.
Billy Gilmour started a good attack by winning the ball in his own half which Lewis Baker sent to Lucas Piazon on the right-wing with Gilmour shooting towards the side netting.
Izzy Brown is confident despite injury marring his season last time with runs inside the box and linking up well with Piazon. Chelsea attacked consistently and a poor clearance from the hosts fell to Bakayoko whose powerful shot was saved by Talbot.
A slight power shift in the second half saw Ferguson walk through the Chelsea midfield to try a curler and only missing it by a little. Lewis Baker then lost possession after which Ward took a shot which missed the crossbar by inches.
A good counter-attack after winning the ball from Gilmour saw Ward setup Molley who scored the equaliser for the home side with just a minute of regular time remaining.
Zappacosta won the ball upfield with Ike Ugbo but he couldn’t get a shot away and then the poor clearance fell to Baker who wasted a chance to shoot but eventually Brown did but Ugbo couldn’t connect with it which was the last chance of the game.
It was a good game for the team and they should have scored more. But one good strike from the Bohemians changed it all. Lampard must have learnt a lot about the players and it’ll help him decide who stays and who goes on a loan.