Maurizio Sarri moves closer to Juventus from Chelsea, paving the way for Frank Lampard's return to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea is waiting for Juventus to collect a £ 5 million compensation package to bring Sarri to Turin. Once this deal is completed, they will appoint Lampard as his successor. The Derby County boss is the top candidate for this role.
Lampard celebrated a promising debut campaign in management and narrowly missed promotion to the Premier League, as Derby defeated in the play-off final of Aston Villa with a 1: 2 football.
Should Lampard become the 13th manager of the Roman Abramovich era, he will inherit a Europa League winning squad, which also finished third in the Premier League, despite the fact that Eden Hazard is no longer in the box after his blockbuster move to Real Madrid.
However, unlike his predecessors, Lampard's dream job in management involves the rather big constraint that he can not sign players in his first year at Chelsea, for which FIFA has banned the purchase of players. As a result, the club must turn to its academy to top up the squad of the first team.
This factor may have helped to name Lampard's case, as he noticed his work with a youthful derby team last season. Lampard's right-hand man Jody Morris knows the Chelsea Academy exactly after training U21 and U18 last summer before switching to Pride Park.
Assuming Chelsea's transfer ban continues, Lampard's team may look three ways in the next season.
1. First choice 4-3-3
In the era of the super trainer, it is rare for a manager to remain rigidly attached to a system throughout the season, but that was a hallmark of Sarris' campaign at Chelsea, where the team played 4-3-3 of their 63 competitive games.
Lampard is not as in love with the 4: 3: 3 as Sarri, but it was probably his most widely used tactic at Derby. The key to Derby's system was the central midfielder's attacking movement, with the winger cutting off the infield from their intended flanks and flooding the full-backs forward to provide width.
Mason Mount was an important gear for Derby last season. He played as the most advanced midfielder of the three and had the task of entering the penalty area to score goals, as Lampard did in his professional career. He finished the campaign with nine goals from 38 appearances.
Considering his reputation as one of Chelsea's best young players and his history of working with Lampard, Mount became one of the main beneficiaries of his appointment and a place in the starting eleven could not be ruled out for Ruben Loftus. Cheek pauses and Mateo Kovacic's future draw.
Another returning borrower who could claim first-team football is Tammy Abraham after a season with 26 goals at Aston Villa. Lampard mainly used strikers who were able to build up defenses like Jack Marriot and Mason Bennett last season, and Abraham is better suited for this role than Olivier Giroud.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, who came on as an Achilles tendon injury in September, is expected to play a prominent role following Hazard's retirement this season. Both he and Christian Pulisic are versatile on the line of contact, as expected by his wingers Lampard.
Finally, a new manager could see the return of N & # 39; Golo Kante as a defensive midfielder. Sarri has often been criticized for having used the Frenchman in a box-to-box role throughout the season to accommodate Jorginho as the tempo setter, but Lampard may prefer Kante to win the ball there.
2. Plan B 4-2-3-1
"I'm not trying to put me in a play style." I think it's important to be systemically adaptable, "explained Lampard Goal in a detailed interview in March.
Although Lampard's predominantly 4-3-3 system last season, he often returned to a 4-2-3-1 with Derby, using 19 times in the Plan B championship. In fact, the system change did not change too much, and Mount commuted 20 meters higher.
Nevertheless, Lampard was able to provide a more solid midfield base when he used the formation and accompanied a ball-playing midfielder – either Craig Bryson or Tom Huddlestone – along with the more belligerent Bradley Johnson in a two-man midfielder.
A Chelsea 4-2-3-1 formation would give Lampard the opportunity to experiment with a double tap from Kante-Jorginho. Theoretically, it could be a very effective partnership that combines Jorginho's resourceful pass with Kant's energy and ball-winning abilities.
The appointment of three technical players in advanced midfield roles could give Giroud, who has played another season at Stamford Bridge, a more prominent role. Giroud's main quality is his link play, and those like Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Mount and Barkley could all benefit.
3. Domestic cup rotation
Domestic trophies have long been used by Premier League managers as an opportunity to bleed young talent, and Lampard is more likely to turn to such players to get them fit for first-team football.
Reece James' ankle injury while working in England's U20 last week came at an unfavorable time as he was called up to face Chelsea's first-team squad next season. The 19-year-old was well on loan in the Wigan season last season.
Another teenager who wants to make a name for himself next season is defensive midfielder Ethan Ampadu, who has played five times under Sarri in all competitions. Lampard tried to sign the Wales international last season, suggesting he's already a fan of his.
Lampard has numerous options for central defense beyond the experienced duo of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger, while Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen, both high-caliber at Chelsea, play an important role. Even Kurt Zouma could come back to the pages after a productive loan at Everton.
If Chelsea are again in the Champions League, the need to keep the team players up-to-date will be crucial. Willian and Pedro, both of whom are out of contract this coming summer, would bring additional experience to an otherwise young team.