Lampard dismisses criticism from Mourinho after Chelsea defeat
- Author: Michelle Webb Aug 13, 2019,
Aug 13, 2019, 0:47
Frank Lampard's Chelsea reign got off to the worst start possible as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United put four past the Blues legend's side, suggesting that the London club's post-Hazard era may be a hard one. He struggled to make any impact against United's new right-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, at Old Trafford, and he will face another daunting opponent when he comes up against Trent Alexander-Arnold in Turkey.
Next up for Chelsea is Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool in Istanbul, a game that has become more important because of the need to slam brakes on any negative momentum before the visit of Brendan Rodgers' ambitious Leicester City to Stamford Bridge next Sunday.
The new Blues boss believes Pulisic, signed from Borussia Dortmund, needs to be eased in gradually. "It was a very good match to start with from the whole team".
The average age of the team was the lowest of any side in the opening weekend and it was noticeable that the chosen central defender on the bench was 21-year-old Axel Tuanzebe, who spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, and not one of the more experienced Phil Jones, Chris Smalling or Marcos Rojo.
"You've just got to go out and do the same". In 245 Premier League games, he scored 85 goals and racked up 54 assists.
However, the heart of the Chelsea defence always looked fragile.
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Nonetheless, fans are hardly concerned with where his loyalties lie now due to the convincing win over Chelsea but also because the English transfer window has slammed shut and it's hugely unlikely United will now sell without being able to bring in a replacement.
But Pulisic is not there to directly replace Hazard. To be here and to play is an honour for me. That is good news for neutrals, who can enjoy the wide open spaces and resulting flurry of goals, whether that means a 4-1 thrashing by the Big Six or a 3-0 victory over mid-table clubs.
Here's what we learned from Old Trafford.
Chelsea were 1-0 down when Pulisic replaced Ross Barkley on 58 minutes, with Lampard deploying the American on the wide left in an effort to put more pressure on United's back four.
"We can't make unforced errors and mistakes at this level".
In the second half though, Man United shifted gears and blew away Chelsea as they scored three more goals. That is Pulisic's challenge.