Ben Chilwell Impresses Lampard with a Show of Talent Leading the Blues to Victory
Contemplating the results of the match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, 3rd October 2020, it is safe to say Chelsea are off to a great start. The blues displayed their drive and patience against a well-organised and daunting Crystal palace and struck when the moments were right, leading to an epic 4-0 win. Although, none of this could be possible without Ben Chilwell, Chelsea’s new summer transfer. Chilwell has completed his transfer to Chelsea, signing from Leicester in a deal worth up to £50million.
Chelsea officials had high hopes in him from before as the Chelsea director, Marina Granovskaia, added: ‘We are very pleased to have completed our third addition to our exciting squad for the coming season.’
She also added: ‘Ben brings plenty of top-level experience playing in the Premier League, Champions League and at an international level, despite his young age. We are confident Ben will adapt very quickly to being a Chelsea player and with the fixture programme for 2020/21 especially busy, he is a fantastic addition to the squad needed to challenge for honours.’
Chilwell was also excited to join the Blues ranks and left heartwarming comments for Chelsea on the club’s website: ‘I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club. I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.’
‘I can’t wait to get started and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.’
Chilwell became the Blues manager Frank Lampard’s third major signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively. It is safe to say that Chilwell proved his expensive worth in the exhilarating match against Crystal Palace. Although many were not expecting such a unique development in Chelsea’s performance, it was two defenders who calmed the nerves, giving Chelsea a win built on patience and persistence: Ben Chilwell and Kurt Zouma.
His goal and assist put his attacking nature on display, but Chilwell seemed to make all of the other Chelsea players around him relax. Kurt Zouma, playing as the left-sided centre back, hardly put a foot astray. Although Thiago Silva had a wobbly PL debut against West Brom, his positioning was spot on and, he never looked under stress. It seems as if Lampard has made effective defensive decisions for Chelsea this transfer window as two new additions made a big difference.
The first half did not go as planned and, manager Frank Lampard reflects on that in his commentary after the game. Although he admits his players were too slow and lacked urgency in the first half, he praised their response after the interval when goals from Ben Chilwell, Kurt Zouma and a penalty brace from Jorginho ensured all three points for the Blues. From that point until the half-time break the Blues completely dominated possession, with Palace barely having a sniff of the ball, but offered them very little space to carve out chances around the box.
‘At half-time, we’d had a lot of control but, our final third play was not as bright as I wanted, which is maybe to be expected at the minute with the period we’re in,’ said Lampard.
‘There was not as much movement or penetration but in the second half that changed and we got a very good win.
We couldn’t allow the Crystal Palace back four to go home and say “it wasn’t that hard dealing with that front four”. That’s what the message was at half-time – just change it up, more speed, more movement, change our game up, and they did it straight away.’
‘I thought Ben Chilwell was fantastic in his contribution in all senses. He gets his goal, he gets an assist and he was always ready to join in. He’s Premier League ready, we know that having played in this league as well as he has for Leicester and he looked like he’d played for us for a long time.’
Fortunately for the Blues, Chilwell seems to be adapting and adjusting well into their ranks. If the young defender remains consistent with these excellent, man-of-the-match performances, he could quickly rise to become a star player.