Frank Lampard says he will make ‘changes’ against Villa and hints at formation switch

Chelsea have to play their second match in just three days this evening as they prepare to face Aston Villa in the league.

It comes just two days after we lost 3-1 to London rivals Arsenal, which was our third defeat in four matches, sparking a desperation for improvement and to bounce back again tonight.

It marks a very up and down season for Lampard so far and mirrors parts of last season and reiterates a need for more consistency.

The pressure is ramping up now for the Blues boss who could see his side end the year in 8th position in the league if they do not win tonight.

But Lampard says he will make changes to his starting line up tonight, which he planned to do anyway but performances against Arsenal has also helped that decision.

He also hints at a potential formation change, speaking to the Chelsea Website

He said:

“When we changed the system before it certainly helped us get an uplift because we weren’t feeling as fluid as we like to be, and it is my job then to look at it and feel if we can be better.

“I think it helped but the players are the ones. As much as the players weren’t good in the first half against Arsenal, they were very good for a long period and were improving in that unbeaten run so it is a case of staying strong mentally and just bringing back the good basics to get you on that run, because we have a talented squad.

“There is a lot of uplift in it but you have to keep hitting the basics day in day out. The few defeats we have had recently are because we dropped off a little and it is my job to pick it back up.

“There will be some changes [vs Aston Villa].

“I knew that anyway and I am certainly not going to bang the drum about the quick turnaround [between the games] after our performance at Arsenal, it is not the important point, but playing two days later we have to make changes anyway and some of those will now happen as well because of how that game went.

“People have to come in and inject the energy and personality that is in our performances normally. The reason we went so many games unbeaten was because of that, and we have come off that, and we have to get back on it quickly.

“Some of it is because of where we maybe are as a squad. People wanted to talk us up as title contenders, I never accepted that was the case because we are not there, that takes time to build.

“Games like the Arsenal one are certainly ones we have to learn a very big lesson from – everybody, myself included – because when I see that in the first half I don’t like it. I don’t like it so it can’t happen.”

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