Chelsea finally booked a FA Cup final date with London rivals Arsenal at the Wembley Stadium.
This beautiful Wembley date came at the expense of a superb and resilient performance against Manchester United.
Prior to this match, both teams had met three times - twice in the league and once in the Carabao Cup, with the Red Devils beating Chelsea on all occasions.
But today turned out to be a different scenario entirely. Chelsea got the win when it mattered most.
Frank Lampard was finally able to get one over Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer.
Most persons expected that the United gaffer had shown more wits and technical know-how, and was going to get another win.
Here are the key things Frank Lampard did and got right this time around.
1. Tactical Formation
Lampard came into this fixture with a totally new look of lineup. A 3-4-3 formation which can transit into a 5-2-3, a total deviation from his preferred 4-3-3.
He knows his team has been suffering in defence, and rather than use a 4-man backline against a United team with hot attackers, he opted to choke up the back.
With Azpilicueta giving more stability to Zouma and Rudiger, it became difficult for the United attackers in Rashford, Martial, and Fernandes to attack.
2. Wise Starting XI
When the starting eleven for Chelsea was revealed, many fans complained of the omission of Christain Pulisic and the placement of Mason Mount on the wings.
Well, the tweaking later paid out right. There's no doubt that the Manchester United coaching team would have expected Pulisic to start considering the magnitude of the game.
Mason Mount got on the scoresheet. Nice wisdom Frankie!
3. Learning From His Mistakes
There is a saying that - "Only a foolish man keeps doing the same thing and expects a different result"
After three consecutive defeats, Frankie showed that he is gradually mastering the art of coaching.
He learned his lessons from previous occasions and outplayed his opponents. A similar thing he did last season against Leeds United while coaching Derby County.
What do you make of Lampard's performance so far, is he the right man for Chelsea going forward?
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