Chelsea’s opening fixtures ‘like watching a basketball game’, claims pundit

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has compared Chelsea’s opening games of the season the a basketball match, report The Sun.

Chelsea have looked dangerous going forward in all three of our fixtures under Frank Lampard’s stewardship to date, but our defence has been like a sieve.

The absence of Antonio Rudiger hasn’t helped, but it’s an issue in the transition between attack and defence which is seeing us become so disjointed.

That’s a tactical issue for Lampard himself to solve, and one that Carragher clearly sees as considerable. He’s quoted by The Sun saying:

“What would worry Lampard the most is that it’s like watching a basketball game. The idea of Frank is spot on, it’s the way top sides, top managers want to play. People keep talking about them being naive and getting caught on the counter-attack. They have got no organisation in possession. Every clip I look at there is a 40 square by 40 square of space. They are not organised in an attack. It’s too easy to get out, that’s why it becomes a basketball game.”

Lampard needs time to instil his philosophy and ideas into his players. We have to remember that he inherited a squad with several key players injured.

We could have predicted that we’d be a little rough around the edges come the start of the season. Once we iron out the creases, we’ll be flying up the table.