We’ve known it was coming since the starting XIs were announced. After a third start in a week, both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have just been subbed off after 70 minutes.
Changes were probably needed, given Chelsea have been lacking ideas for most of this game, but taking off your two big name, big money attacking signings is still eye-catching.
“They look so off” said one Twitter user, and it was hard to disagree with that take.
Frank Lampard has Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham to bring on, both key figures last season, so it’s not a totally outlandish move, but it was interesting to to gauge the reaction on social media to how the German pair had played, and what they made of the change.
Some said Lampard had waited too long to make the change, others were angry he’d taken them off. He really can’t win it seems.
You can see a collection of the reaction embedded below:
Lampard is our problem. What is ziyech doing on the bench?? He is the most creative player and rather lamps prefer him to sit on the bench..
— Enock Asiedu (@asiedu1994) October 24, 2020
Havertz and Werner – don’t get the hype
— Liam Cunningham (@Cunny78) October 24, 2020
I would have kept Werner tho…
Havertz wasn't so good…
Broke the line a few times
— #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY (@KvngKortez) October 24, 2020
What exactly did Timo Werner and Kai Havertz do today. Not surprised. Too much pressure
— Comeback Kings (@Elijahkyama) October 24, 2020
The way lampard subbed Werner and Havertz at once was funny
— Ìjọba (@ThisWale) October 24, 2020
Why didn't Frank Lampard not play Werner and havertz??
— _ (@ftblMargot) October 24, 2020
Havertz and Werner vs Manchester United: pic.twitter.com/O0FtSSGdK3
— ArsenalSportZ (@ArsenalSportZ) October 24, 2020
Havertz and Werner broke my heart today. They look so off
— Mahi Shah (@8mahiii) October 24, 2020
Imagine having a generational talent like Havertz and a killer in Werner & that's how you play? smh
— Dragomir Vardarov (@Vardarov94) October 24, 2020
Taking off werner and havertz is basically saying we settle for a draw, I don't wanna be negative but it seems like we becoming a club that should be happy we don't lose and that's not it.
— Dan (@kingsroadblue) October 24, 2020
Werner and Havertz leave the pitch as the worst players in the game for the Blues.
— LAFC Fan TV (@lafcftv) October 24, 2020
I think they'll both come good in the long term but…big yikes at both Werner & Havertz today pic.twitter.com/L4dE0g9BLl
— Chris White (@chriswhite14) October 24, 2020
Why did it Lampard so long to hook Havertz and werner. They’ve been shocking
— A.Y. (@MU_inho) October 24, 2020