Chelsea have a huge game in the Champions League against Bayern Munich this evening, and it will be interesting to see how Frank Lampard lines up.
This isn’t specifically for tonight’s game, but if Lampard does decide to go with the 3-4-3 formation that worked so well against Tottenham at the weekend, then this is a switch up that is easy to put in place, and he may well need to do it.
Bayern Munich are a team full of world class players and they will look to control the game and keep the ball, giving them an added attacking element. Of course, like most games of this stature, there will be periods of the match where Chelsea will have the better of the play, but also large periods when they will need to defend and will be under the cosh.
If Lampard goes with the same 3-4-3 that beat Tottenham, this is how that will look…
If they find themselves needing more numbers deep, it is an easy switch up that will not necessarily need any substitutions.
Simply drop Marcos Alonso from left midfield to left back, push Cesar Azpilicueta out to right back, drop Ross Barkley into a centrally advanced midfield position, and put Mason Mount out wide on the left. As shown below moving into a 4-5-1. This also allows Mount and Reece James to drop inside to give even more bodies if needed…
This puts more numbers in midfield, covers the wide attacking areas, and solidifies the line up.
Lampard could use this against teams who attack in numbers and they need to soak up some pressure. Because it’s so easy to switch, it can be accommodated in play by a simple instruction to the captain.
If they decide they want to go on the attack again, it can be easily switched back.