'His Achilles heel': Merson makes claim about Lampard's big tactical error at Chelsea, after he gets the Everton job

Paul Merson has explained that Frank Lampard’s gung-ho approach to win matches was often his “Achilles heel” during his time as Chelsea manager.

Lampard, who was sacked by the Blues just over a year ago, officially returned to management yesterday by landing the Everton job.

Lampard agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park as the new Toffees boss. Also, Chelsea’s assistant coach Joe Edwards departed Stamford Bridge on Monday to join the backroom staff at Everton.

Merson delivered his verdict on Lampard’s arrival on Merseyside by claiming it’s a positive one for Everton.

However, he raised one slight concern regarding the 43-year-old’s time in charge as Chelsea boss. He suggests that the biggest downfall to his management spell at the Bridge was his eagerness to try win games when they were finely in the balance.

“I like it. I think it’s a good signing for Everton and I think he’s a good manager,” Merson said in response to Lampard’s appointment at Everton.

”At Chelsea he tried to win football matches. Sometimes, might have been his Achilles heel.

”I think of certain games at Stamford Bridge where it was nil-nil and the game was going nowhere and you thought, ‘not going to score in a month of Sundays’ – other managers would have maybe here shut up shop, a point’s a point.

”Frank would go for it, he’d change the team, he’d put forwards on and sometimes get beat one-nil and that was probably his Achilles heel.”

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Lampard’s Chelsea were certainly entertaining to watch with plenty of goals in their games, albeit a part of that was down to a leaky defence.

He’s got the attacking ammunition in the Everton squad to try recreate some firepower in the top end of the pitch. For instance, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Demarai Gray, Richarlison, Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli are all at his disposal.

For Lampard, there has to be serious worry about the defence.

It’s the biggest criticism of his time in charge at Chelsea that the team were too defensively fragile, so perhaps that’s something he’s looked to re-evaluate during his year out of management. Everton’s problems in defending, especially against set-pieces, is one that needs to be addressed immediately.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.