Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points in Matchweek 6.
Developing a clean-sheet mentality away from Stamford Bridge is key if Chelsea are to mount a title challenge.
They have conceded a competition-high 42 goals on the road since the start of 2019/20.
To win at Manchester United this Saturday, they must focus hard on making themselves more difficult to beat.
Lampard has made at least two changes to his back four and goalkeeping positions in each of Chelsea's last four matches in all competitions.
Within their rotating rearguard no defender has started all five Premier League matches this season.
This scenario is far from ideal because it is difficult to build on-pitch relationships, which are of critical importance to a defence.
Clear communication and knowing your team-mates’ strengths and weaknesses is vital to any successful backline.
|Chelsea defender/goalkeeper||Total||Chelsea defender/goalkeeper||Total|
|Andreas Christensen||4||Cesar Azpilicueta||2|
|Kurt Zouma||4||Ben Chilwell||2|
|Kepa Arrizabalaga||3||Thiago Silva||2|
|Reece James||3||Edouard Mendy||1|
|Marcos Alonso||3||Willy Caballero||1|
If this unit is kept together for the trip to Old Trafford it could be a sign that Chelsea’s head coach is closer to knowing his preferred defensive set-up.
Man Utd have enjoyed a positive week, beating Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain with much-improved performances.
At the heart of their success in both matches was Marcus Rashford.
The England international scored the winner in Paris, having contributed a goal and two assists at St James’ Park.
At Newcastle he also won a penalty kick which Bruno Fernandes missed.
The 22-year-old is now approaching the age where many strikers begin to fulfil their true potential, and the signs suggest Rashford’s game will develop further in 2020/21.
From transitions, on breakaways and in general build-up play his runs between defenders will be a real threat.
Rashford was outstanding as the lone striker with Newcastle finding his clever movement hard to handle.
The forward's penetrative runs were so effective that he had 16 touches of the ball inside the opposition box, bettering in one match the total from his Man Utd career to date.
He also equalled his best tallies for shots and shots on target in the same encounter.
|Total||Personal PL rank|
|Touches in opp. box||16||1st|
|Shots on target||4||Joint 1st|
Up against a Chelsea side who could line up with two attacking full-backs and the experienced Thiago Silva, Rashford will look to utilise his pace down the side of the defenders.
If Lampard adopts a more retrained tactical approach than usual on the road it could give Chelsea a better platform to win the match.
However, if they play with their usual adventure away from home this could be a very exciting shoot-out between a pair of teams who are at their strongest going forward.
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