Chelsea Legend urges Conte to set his team up with a recognized striker
Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard has urged Manager, Antonio Conte to set up the squad with a recognized striker and drop his false nine technique as he believes that will give the London club a huge chance against Barcelona.
The former Juventus coach played without a point man in the first leg at Stamford Bridge last month. He repeated the same formation at Old Trafford in the 2-1 loss to Manchester United not long after, with Eden Hazard used in the false nine position.
The Belgian midfielder endured a frustrating night in both encounters, while the Blues must score at Nou Camp to progress, Lampard believes that under-performing forward, Alvaro Morata has what it takes to deliver a top-class performance drawing inspiration from Countryman, Fernando Torres’ cameo six years ago.
In his Evening Standard column, Lampard wrote: “It is for big occasions like this that Chelsea bought Morata from Real Madrid for £58m last summer in the first place.
“There is obviously a question over whether coach Antonio Conte will play with a striker or revert to the false nine he used in the first leg.
“I would certainly consider picking Morata to lead the line with Eden Hazard and Willian behind.
“The striker has to play better than he has done in recent weeks. He needs to be physically stronger and hold the ball up more. He has the physical attributes and technical ability to do this.
“But what Morata can also provide is a target for Chelsea players to aim at and someone who can run in behind.
“He can do that job more naturally than Hazard, who without the responsibility of playing up front can get more involved in the game himself.
“What Fernando Torres did in 2012 shows what a recognized striker can give you against Barcelona. There is that opportunity to play balls over the top to get out.”