Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has discussed the freedom his in-form midfielders are playing with following the club’s impressive run of form.
Saturday’s 2-1 win at Watford made it five league wins in succession for Lampard’s side, while the Chelsea manager also became only the second in the club’s history to win seven consecutive away fixtures with victory at Vicarage Road.
Key to the club’s impressive run has been the form of their midfield players, with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic’s partnership starring in recent weeks as well as Mason Mount emerging as one of the best young talents in the division since returning from a loan spell last season.
Lampard admits his flexible and fluid midfield is vital to how he wants his side to play, giving his central players freedom to interchange and encouraging his midfield to accept the ball in “uncomfortable areas”.
“You can call it freedom but it is just how I want us to play,” the Blues boss said.
“Particularly in some games we have had to break teams down and we need to be able to move, we can’t be too predictable and rigid in our positions. There is freedom to interchange, and the three who played at Watford can do all the roles so I am happy for them to be fluid.
“I also want them to be positive in their play and play forward passes when they are on, and go by people if that is one of their attributes, like Kovacic has to travel with the ball at pace.
“It is hugely important in terms of how I want the team to play to be able to accept the ball in uncomfortable areas.
“We are trying to be fluid in the movement of the ball and that does means moving it through central areas a lot and we need to be able receive the ball and move it in tight areas. It is a huge attribute of a lot of our players.
“In the first game against Ajax with the pace of the game, if you are not ready to accept the ball then it will find you out very quickly. We train on that sort of stuff and the players are talented on that, but we can always get better because the best teams do it even better than the rest.”