Frank Lampard explains how Everton tactics will develop after new signings

Frank Lampard, Manager of Everton applauds their fans after the final whistle of the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on August 06, 2022 in Liverpool, England.

Frank Lampard was keen to focus on a lot of positives after Everton’s loss to Chelsea but did pinpoint some areas which needed to be worked on.

The Blues began the 2022/23 campaign with a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park in what was another incredible atmosphere at the stadium. A penalty from Jorginho late in the first half was the only thing to separate the two sides after Abdoulaye Doucoure had clumsily brought down Ben Chilwell inside the box.

The hosts didn’t fashion too many clear cut chances over their own across the course of the evening, but still put in a solid and organised display against a strong opponent. That was positive for the manager to see and he wants to build on that in the future.

“It did please me. We’ll get the balance right,” he said. “At times we were a little bit direct when I didn’t think we needed to be. When we played through the lines we played really well and we gave Chelsea problems.

“I want us to be progressive, we’re not a Chelsea of having passes and passes and building like that. That’s not our style and it’s probably not the style the fans want to see.

“I’m very happy that we moved the ball quickly, but I think getting the balance of changing play and going longer at times with quality or playing through the lines – it’s important for us.

“The lads are working hard on it and I think adding players in midfield – like Onana who can receive the ball, accept it and move through the lines – is a big deal. As a coach you know you need your players to go out on the pitch and implement what you want to do.

“We saw a lot of it today. It’ll be great to watch the game back with the players to look at the little moments we maybe we can have an extra pass to play through, I can’t complain with the performance.

“It was one tiny moment, it was a small penalty but it was a penalty. That was the only difference and I think other than that you expect this game to be a draw against Chelsea, which would have been a decent start for us.”

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