Have you known the biggest change of Chelsea in the last 1 year?

The west London team took it a step further in developing a way to control the ball, under coach Frank Lampard.


In fact, Chelsea has never been people who like to embrace the ball from Jose Mourinho until after Antonio Conte left last summer. But the arrival of Maurizio Sarri has brought a new breath in the comprehensive change of the face of the champions of the Europa League.

The first and most typical example is the move to recruit passing king Jorginho from SSC Napoli. The Brazilian-born star, though unable to own any assists for his team-mates last season, has clearly turned them into a very different team than they were in the past.

With 25070 passes, this statistic of Chelsea is only a bit less than that of Man City (leading, with 26581) in the last season, but is far superior to the previous seasons (2017/18 – 21264, ranked 5th; 2016/17 – 20125, ranked 6th; 2015/16 – 19664, ranked 5th; 2014/15 – 20268, ranked 4) …

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However, (last season) many people still criticized the very play we call “Sarri-ball”, opposing Sarri and Jorginho because the Blues passed so many in the middle of the field to the point of being boring. But now, Chelsea has changed although the nature of control remains the same with Lampard!

To explain the improvement of Lampard, we will need to mention two things:

First: Chelsea’s defensive quartet has created a clear arc of passes. Almost every match they rotate the ball a lot, although the center is still Jorginho. The best example to prove this point of view should be taken from a match in the Champions League instead of the Premier League.

In fact, up to three-quarters of the people behind Jorginho in terms of passing in the Premier League this season are frontline players. Mateo Kovacic’s appearance was simply that Emerson and Marcos Alonso had to take turns on the left, when unable to maintain their position due to injury.

The same thing happened last season, but Jorginho outperformed. While this season, although he still leads in the ability to pass the ball, the biggest difference is not just passing the ball, the factors that will clearly show Lampard’s keenness to turn the young squad into imposing play prime!

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Secondly, compared to the previous season, Jorginho played more risky than receiving 4 yellow cards after 8 rounds (last season was only 8 after 37 matches), passing the ball was less accurate (86% compared to 89%) but the chance of having a table with ten goals is more (3 compared to 6), the percentage of successful slots is higher (approximately 1 time compared to 0.7 times).

And yet, nearly every statistics on the defense of Jorginho is also good as breaking the ball, tackling, relief, dispute in the air, … things that not many people appreciate about the former star. Napoli. In fact, he himself described his evolution by saying “I have more freedom”.

Jorginho said (according to Football Planet): “I have more freedom. After four years with the same coach (Sarri), it is clear that a change will bring new ideas. In the past, everything was just to keep a balance for our play.”

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The player who was dubbed the “passer-king” also pointed out a bit of a tactical difference under Lampard: “He wants me to move upwards, without making too many short passes. We are using more long ball situations. The players are moving more, and there are fewer short passes. Everything is changing, but the core idea is the same, it’s pressing pressing. and try to control the game”.

From the above statistics and statements, we can partly understand that Chelsea is taking another step in the way of controlling play. It will take more time to confirm whether Lampard will succeed or not (the title), but at the very least, he is making the team more attractive, more passionate on the pitch!

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