By CAPosts 19 January, 2021 - 05:41pm 57 views
Lampard, on the wing during Chelsea's game in Leicester.MICHAEL REGAN / AF
P Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund continue to tread their dark path of degradation. Without almost anyone seeing them in the stadiums, and, probably, with a meager audience on television, in the case of night games played on a Tuesday in mid-January, in the middle of northern winter and in the bloodiest of the pandemic. Chelsea lost 2-0 on their visit to Leicester; and Dortmund fell 2-1 at Leverkusen, having played the pathetic role reserved for teams proudly aiming for the title until bad play convinced their players that the league is a pipe dream. You just had to see the faces. Haaland's face, Lampard's face, or Edin Terzic's face, contemplating the invincible superiority of adversaries who seemed inferior a couple of months ago. And it turns out that they are superior. Not because they have spent more, or because they have more prestige and have more competent rosters, but because they play better
Chelsea invested 247 million euros in signings last summer. It was the team that spent the most to strengthen itself in the whole world. The effort, given the health and economic conditions that the industry is going through, was striking. Frank Lampard, the coach that the English fans expected like a predestined, was in charge of managing the estate. After 19 days the result takes the form of disappointment. Lampard intends to develop a 4-3-3, but the device seems explosive and no matter how much it beeps, he doesn't know which wire to cut.
LCT2-0CHELeicesterSchmeichel, Castagne, Evans, James Justin, Wesley Fofana, Onyinye Ndidi, James Maddison (Ayoze Pérez, min. 75), Barnes, Albrighton (Ricardo Pereira, min. 76), Tielemans and Vardy (K. Iheanacho, min. 87) ChelseaEdouard Mendy, Rüdiger, Reece James, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz (Hakim Ziyech, min. 66), Kovacic, Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson Odoi (Timo Werner, min. 67) Goals1-0 min. 5: Onyinye Ndidi. 2-0 min. 40: James Maddison. Referee Craig Pawson Yellow cards Kai Havertz (min. 28), Kovacic (min. 50), Wesley Fofana (min. 84) and Hakim Ziyech (min. 88)
A hard-hitting, professional midfielder, Lampard was an exemplary English player. It offered more work than ingenuity. As a coach he behaves in a similar way. He chooses footballers by virtue of their appearance, their technical qualities, and their martial commitment, but he does not seem to distinguish the one who clearly decides from the one who does not think until he receives the ball. In addition to insisting on placing the responsibility of leading the team on Mason Mount, against Leicester he made other serious errors related to the clinical eye. In search of a midfielder, he left Jorginho on the bench and opted for Kovacic. Choosing a point, he pointed to Abraham and procrastinated Werner. The thing was aggravated by the loss of Kanté who, incomprehensibly, Lampard does not value too much either. The result was a progressively stiff game. Without imagination or lucidity in the final meters. Chelsea was fed to Leicester, who have a very good strategist in Brendan Rodgers
The victory lifted Leicester to the lead with 38 points and precipitated Chelsea, with 29, to eighth place in the standings. In the absence of a month for the Champions League meeting with Atlético, the crisis at Stamford Bridge is declared. Faced with a drift that, according to the game, has no brake, the English media indicate that Roman Abramovich, the owner, is already looking for a replacement. Avram Grant, former coach of the London team, or Thomas Tuchel, are some of the names that appear in the deck.
Chelsea is an economic powerhouse of football. Dortmund no. The standards are different. But the Ruhr team has a remarkable squad, armed enough to challenge Bayern in the Bundesliga, despite the fact that the bad play exhibited has been leading them away from those ambitions until they deform it as the groups of players who reach the conviction deform. that they are not good enough. The restless expression of Erling Haaland, the scorer, was unmistakable as his teammates tried to advance without any order, always pressured and anticipated by an opponent who occupied the field better and decided with more serenity when he had the ball. The coach who replaced the fired Lucien Favre in December, the newcomer Edin Terzic, a youth coach, cautious, fearful, watched the caking of arms crossed. Perplexed. His namesake on the adjacent bench, Peter Bosz, gave him a review too obvious for all. Also for your players.
Dortmund are fourth in the Bundesliga with 29 points after 17 games. It is surpassed by Leipzig with 32 points and 16 games, Leverkusen with 32 points and 17 games, and Bayern with 36 and 16 games. Arithmetic determines a considerable distance, especially considering the evolution of the game. Every day that remains on the calendar, Dortmund suffers more to chain three passes in a row. Unbeatable news for Sevilla, who awaits him in the eighth of the Champions League.