However, crucial experience has been added in key areas, namely 36-year-old Thiago Silva at the back, which means Lampard’s side are slightly older than their average age throughout last season (24.63). Has that made all the difference?
Those who watch the Blues in action closely might have spotted a slight shift in possessional approach this season. Lampard lamented his side’s inability to move the ball quickly from one side of the pitch to the other last season, citing it as a major factor in the team proving unable to break down stubborn opposition defences at home.
Think back to those dropped points against Southampton, Bournemouth, West Ham, Sheffield United and Leicester City. While we are attempting more passes than last season overall, third-highest in the league behind Manchester City and Liverpool, it is the type of pass that has been noticeable.