How Chelsea should line up vs Liverpool in Super Cup according to Jose Mourinho

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JOSE MOURINHO couldn’t help but criticise Frank Lampard after Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United – and he has a clear idea of how he would set the team up next time out.

A young and inexperienced side were on the wrong end of a drubbing at Old Trafford with the former Blues boss disappointed by the line-up selected.

How Mou would set the Blues up

Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley made for a far from prolific attack with many unimpressed by Kurt Zouma and Emerson in defence.

In addition, N’Golo Kante only came off the bench in a move defended by Lampard, who said he couldn’t magic players fit.

But the quick turnaround before Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup tie with Liverpool demands rapid improvement from Chelsea.

And Mourinho insisted on Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud getting a look in, along with Kante and new signing Christian Pulisic.

In his Sky Sports punditry debut, the 56-year-old said after the game: “Chelsea were too soft, not compact defensively, not aggressive enough, there was too much space between the lines. They did not press in blocks.

“If Kante can play 30-35 minutes he can start the game. And then if he lasts only one hour then he lasts one hour.

The side Lampard put out at Old Trafford
Mourinho was making his first appearance of the season in the TV studio
Sky Sports

“But maybe Frank listens to us and says Kante is impossible to play. My feeling is that they had a possibility to play with more know-how.

“Alonso was on the bench, Kante was on the bench, Giroud was on the bench, and to come to Old Trafford, even if this is not the huge Manchester United that used to scare people, it’s Manchester United.

“A little bit of experience would fit well with the team.

“You look to the performance of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and for matches of this dimension you need a little bit more.

“There were moments seeing this game that Chelsea without the ball had a block of six and a block of four. Abraham, Barkley, Pedro and Mount stayed up.

“Good teams all defend compact, higher block or lower block but always in a block.

“So there are principles of play that are just basic.

“You have to defend compact. Chelsea was never that. So it was too easy for United.”

‘NO EXCUSES’

Lampard asserted the scoreline flattered United when forced to defend his side’s dismal start to the season.

The new Chelsea manager said: “I can’t drag people out of the medical room, whether they’re experienced or not.

The ex-midfielder was forced to keep a stiff upper lip after the loss
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“The players we played today, and on the bench, are the players we have.

“We were missing internationals and big players, but I don’t want that to be an excuse. We were competing for long periods.”

Both the Blues and Liverpool travel to Istanbul for the Super Cup clash on Wednesday, kicking off at 8pm.

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