Saturday, August 31, 2019

Chelsea FC vs Sheffield United: Match Preview

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will look to rack up his second win of the season when his side host newly-promoted Sheffield United in the Premier League this weekend.

The ex-midfielder wrote his name into legend at Stamford Bridge, but until he edged a 3-2 thriller against Norwich last week, was yet to taste success in the hot seat.

Arriving from Derby to fill the boots of the oft-maligned Maurizio Sarri, Lampard saw his side battered by Manchester United in their opening game, before a devestating penatly shootout loss to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup.

The one-time England star also faces the difficulty of a transfer ban and the loss of the talismanic Eden Hazard, but at the very least now looks to be on the right track - and another former Chelsea hero feels that the circumstances stacked against him could help be his making.

Ex-Blues defender Mario Melchiot feels that the chances Lampard will have to afford young players this season could help them replicate the success of Ajax last year, who came close to conquering Europe in a team untested at that level.

"Chelsea are bringing in the former players to coach, who will help the push for youth that they want to bring through," he stated. "If I was a young player at Chelsea, then I would be so excited. You have a coach who will give you an opportunity.

"He can’t bring in new players for at least a year so he has to use what he has around him. I have been a long advocate that Chelsea should use their youth players because they win so much at youth level.

"I saw Frank Lampard was watching the Under-23s. He knows he might need those players. This is their chance. Chelsea are more like Ajax this season. They can’t make big signings but the smart thing to do is promote the young boys.

"If they qualify again for Europe, it is a big success. Even the Europa League. Asking to win the league is silly. They can build on a European finish. They will build on the young players, then sign more alongside a group of successful homegrown talent.

"Bringing through homegrown talent is a success in itself. You see Chelsea’s youngsters won a lot of trophies but the real trophy is now that they are being used."

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