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Lampard had concerns his system might leave Billy Gilmour exposed

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he had his concerns that the system he used against Everton might cause problems for Billy Gilmour.

It turned out really well, after all.

A convincing 4-0 win over Everton took Chelsea a step closer to top-four finish in the Premier League.

Gilmour had his second Man of the Match award in-a-row and the 18-year-old once again made a statement that he is ready for more first-team football.

But Lampard was worried that having two offensive-minded players (Mason Mount and Ross Barkley) in midfield would cause problems for Gilmour.

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Two offensive players in midfield

Lampard told West London Sport: “I’m not trying to be anyone, but you look at how Man City have played it and they have offensive number eights who want to work off the ball.

“I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t have, not concerns, but you’re very aware when you have two players that could easily be number 10s and they have a lot more work to do off the ball.”

“What I do know is that they’ve got the capacity for it. It was more: ‘Can you be focused and use your energy, maybe not so much all the time to be going forward, but to use it slightly backward and also be aware that you need to protect Billy when the ball’s on the other side?'”

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Mount and Barkley did the defensive work

It was exactly what Mount and Barkley did.

Mount made two tackles and two interceptions, whilst also winning eight duels for the ball. On the other side, Barkley made two tackles and won nine of his 13 duels for the ball.

With N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic out due injury and Jorgino still have to face suspensions (one more in Premier League and another one in Champions League), Lampard will likely to rely on this midfield trio for the upcoming games.

Gerry is a Chelsea supporter who has more than five years of experience in online publishing. He started out writing for Chelsea fan blogs during his high school years, before writing for several local sport news outlets. After graduating in NCTJ-accredited sports journalism MA at the University of Sunderland, he has worked as a freelance writer for The Chelsea Chronicle since 2020. He is a big fan of football statistics and strongly believes that sooner or later, the xG Gods always catch up. He is also a proud member of Michael Ballack fan club.