Frank Lampard’s decision to switch his system in the second half against Krasnodar worked really well as Chelsea put four past the Russian side after struggling early on.
The Chelsea manager started the game with his preferred 4-2-3-1, with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic as a double pivot behind Kai Havertz.
Facing a depleted Krasnodar side struggling with injuries, Chelsea often struggled to get the ball out of their own half in the first 45 minutes despite having 79% possession.
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea had just three shots on target in the first half and were a tad fortunate to lead 1-0 at half time.
The lead was thanks to questionable goalkeeping from Krasnodar’s Safonov, who allowed Callum Hudson-Odoi’s shot to squirm past him for the winger’s first Champions League goal.
However, it wasn’t until the 71st minute, when Lampard made three substitutions, that the flow of the game really turned in Chelsea’s favour. Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic were sent on for Jorginho, Kovacic and Hudson-Odoi.
That enabled a switch to 4-3-3, with Kante as the lone defensive midfielder and Mount and Kai Havertz as number eights in front.
Chelsea added three more goals following the switch and suddenly looked comfortable in transition.
The Mount, Kante and Havertz combination enjoyed similar success when Chelsea came back from three goals down in September to draw with West Brom.
And Chelsea fans want to see more of this midfield three in the future.
Here are what some of the Chelsea fans on Twitter had to say:
No surprises as we move to a 4-3-3 with Kante – Havertz – Mount and look so much better in every single aspect.
It's really not rocket science. This is our best formation and best offensive personnel. Anything else is a compromise.
— ExpectedChelsea (@ExpectedChelsea) October 28, 2020
433 is the way forward- Kante Mount Havertz midfield 3.
— JR (@JRcentre) October 28, 2020
Kante Mount & Havertz new midfield 3 in a 4-3-3 I’m on my knees
— JT (@JT_CFC) October 28, 2020
I just need consistency from this Kante-Mount-Havertz midfield, it seems like something promising
— .RO. (@Rvphs) October 28, 2020
Just play Kanté and two 8s and be done with it all from now on.
— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) October 28, 2020
Mount – Havertz
Look at the areas mount and Kai are receiving now
Finally I see the mid 3 I want! pic.twitter.com/sr3UaK6ZoO
— NiiNiiFC-BlueLionsTV (@NiiNiiFC) October 28, 2020
I think 4:3:3 is actually our best Line up.
We finally gotten a position for Mount.
Mount + Havertz + Kante in midfield is just epic.
— 💙PAUL💙 (@CFCPaul__) October 28, 2020