Chelsea kicked off their 2020-21 Premier League season with a trip away to Brighton as all eyes focused on Lampard’s new signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to show their worth in their debut match.
Christian Pulisic was the big missing name in the Chelsea squad with Lampard opting to keep him fresh for the weekend clash with defending champions Liverpool in their first match at Stamford Bridge this season.
Captain Azpilicueta was also missing while a surprise move from Lampard saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek start in the wing ahead of Hudson-Odoi.
It was a slow start from the blues with Brighton making a bright start to the game and really dominating possession to cause troubles offensively.
There was evident rustiness from the Chelsea squad and largely understandable having had a very short pre-season disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Despite all their possession, Brighton went down thanks to a foul by goalkeeper Matt Ryan who tripped Timo Werner in the box forcing the referee to award a penalty.
Jorginho sent the shot-stopper the wrong way to put Chelsea ahead against the run of play. Brighton kept on attacking though with Kepa pretty much kept busy with the hosts looking most likely to score next.
From the first half only, you could clearly see a great mistake Lampard hard done in his formation leading to a struggling attacking play from Chelsea.
The decision to start Loftus Cheek on the wing really proved a mistake as the 24-year old really struggled to influence the game.
Many had high hopes on Havertz to show his talent but it was bit more of a an ask with Lampard deploying him on the wing where he really does not excel so well as we saw during his time at Bayern Leverkusen.
Repeat the same against Liverpool in the weekend and Chelsea will be in for a rough match which might see them losing very easily unless Frank comes up with a plan on how to play his new players in the best natural position if he is going to get the best out of them.