Did Chelsea boss Frank Lampard take Jose Mourinho’s advice with his Liverpool starting XI?
The new Blues boss, who replaced Maurizio Sarri at the helm in the summer, saw his side go down 4-0 to Manchester United in his first Premier League game on Sunday.
The former Derby County boss opted to field a youthful team for the game with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham handed starts against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
That meant more senior stars such as Olivier Giroud, Marcos Alonso, and N’Golo Kante had to settle for a place on the substitutes bench.
And he said Kante, who came on for the final 20 minutes after returning from a hamstring injury, should have started the match if he could play at all.
“If Kante can play 30 or 35 minutes, he can start the game,” Mourinho said.
“And then if he lasts only one hour, he lasts only one hour.
“My feeling is that today they had a possibility to play with more know-how.
“Alonso was on the bench, Kante was on the bench, Giroud was on the bench, and to come to Old Trafford, even if this is not the huge Manchester United that used to scare people, it’s Manchester United.”
Well, Kante and Giroud were both handed starts against Liverpool, but Alonso was named on the bench again.
Both Mount and Abraham were dropped to the bench, as was Ross Barkley, with 32-year-old Pedro retaining his place in the team.
It could then be argued that Lampard had took Mourinho’s words on board, although with the possibility of extra time in Istanbul, he could also be saving the youngsters for later in the game.
Either way, Chelsea held their own in the first-half against the European champions and went in at half-time with a one-goal lead.
The goalscorer, one of the replacements from the Manchester United game – Giroud.