Frank Lampard has provided a clear hint that Chelsea will line out in a 4-3-3 formation more often following Saturday’s success away to Burnley and praised the versatility of Kai Havertz within the system that the head coach used for most of last season.
The Germany star looked good in a joint-No8 role with Mason Mount at Turf Moor, having played as a No10 and out wide since joining the club from Bayer Leverkusen in a £72million deal.
While Lampard has predominantly used a 4-2-3-1 this season so far, the success against Sean Dyche’s team and in the second half of the Champions League win over Krasnodar, means a three-man midfield is more likely to be the go-to over the coming weeks and months.
While Lampard, and before that Maurizio Sarri, used Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic as the midfield three – Mount and Havertz add more mobility with Kante at the base.
“It is a real plus when someone comes in and says they are happy to play in a number of positions,” Lampard said of Havertz.
“He can play as a No10 or out wide, which he played in previously for club and country before coming here.
“I know he has played as a No8 too, so that was part of the process for me, him and the team to find the best way.
“It is very normal when you miss pre-season and you are looking for those tweaks in formation at the start of the season.
“Now, we are playing in a slightly different way and there have been a number of positives. That doesn’t mean that we can’t change back.”