New Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has been flirting with three formations so far this pre-season, the familiar 4-3-3 from last year, a 4-4-2 diamond, and the 4-2-3-1.
The latter was the main formation used in their last match against Kawasaki Frontale, and this might well be the one we will see being used the most this season, if the latest Oliver Giroud quotes are anything to go by.
Speaking to the official Chelsea Website, Giroud said “We’re working on the tactics when we don’t have the ball and playing this 4-2-3-1 we have to know each other a bit better as well.
“This was the first time I’ve played with Christian [Pulisic], with Mason [Mount] and with Kenedy so obviously it will take time but we feel good. We believe in the gaffer because he’s the right man for this situation.”
Lampard will need all of his senior players at the club to step up this year, as they prepare to start a new premier league campaign, and he certainly maintains the backing of the France World Cup winner.
Giroud went on: “It seems very clear that he [Lampard] wants the best from us.
“He wants to help us improve and he has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve. He’s a competitor, he wants to win every single game.”
Playing a 4-2-3-1 will mean predominantly only using one striker. So Giroud will be fighting for that number one spot with Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham.
But the 32-year old striker believes the squad as a whole will learn quickly.
Continuing, he said “He [Lampard] repeats every day that we have to take responsibility and we have to show personality.
“He’s insisting a lot on this kind of stuff, playing without fear but with confidence. I think we will learn quickly.”