2 goals in each half, great win!
Lampard got his 1st win in charge of Chelsea as we beat St Patrick’s Athletic 0-4 on our final day in Ireland. It was another game that featured 22 players over two halves with Drinkwater, Ampadu, Maatsen, Kepa, and Kante sitting out.
The first half formation was a 4-4-2 diamond with Caballero in goal, Emerson, Luiz, Tomori, and Zappacosta making up the back four. Jorginho was at the base of the midfield, Kovacic, Mount, and Barkley finished the diamond. The two strikers up front were Batshuayi, and Abraham. From the get go Chelsea were pressing hard and showing great fitness, the diamond worked well as Michy hit the post before Mount latched on to a Kovacic pass to open the scoring in the 14th minute. Barkley then hit the post for Chelsea before Emerson added a 2nd in the 31st minute. It could have easily been 4 or 5 goals but the opposition goalkeeper Murphy made some great saves. The defence was solid with Tomori doing no harm to his reputation while Luiz and co were calm. Jorginho played well in the holding role while Kovacic was great playing a lot of brilliant passes. Mount was everywhere and showed great work rate and got a goal to stake a claim in that midfield. Barkley was the most quiet of the midfielders but did see two of his shots hit the post and should have got a goal. Tammy played well alongside Michy who continued to show that he deserves a chance up front.
The 2nd half saw Lamps switch to a 4-2-3-1, Cumming was in goal, with Alonso, Zouma, Christensen, and Azpi making up the defence. Gilmour and Bakayoko made up the midfield two while Kennedy, Palmer, and Pedro played behind Giroud. This half was played at a lesser tempo than the 1st half but there were still plenty of chances for Chelsea. Giroud added a third with a nice volley in the 67th minute and got his 2nd and Chelsea’s 4th in the 88th minute with another good finish. Cumming saw little action in goal, the defence is something we as probably hope to see more often next season with the exception of Alonso. Zouma and Christensen should be our centre back duo for many season’s to come. Gilmour had another great game and showed why he was chosen to stay back with the squad, his play was great while his leadership also took notice. Bakayoko was not that great and Chelsea might be looking at that rumoured bid by PSG as a way out. Pedro had a good game up front with Giroud also showing why he should start up front.
Another good game for fitness as Chelsea headed straight back to London after the game. Sunday is a day of rest before the squad head out to Japan on Monday. Lampard stated that Pulisic would join the squad in Japan so that should be another great addition while it will be interesting to see who is left out. COME ON YOU BLUES!!