Saturday night’s 3-0 win over Watford saw Mount and Ross Barkley find success in No8 roles, dropping between the lines and finding the front three regularly.
It is a tactic likely needed against Crystal Palace this evening but, with N’Golo Kante out injured, Jorginho or Billy Gilmour will step in at the base and that could impact the balance.
“I do really take each game as it comes. I spoke of it the other night after the [Watford] game about teams with low blocks who make it difficult for you and to be able to get players who can arrive with technical ability high up the pitch and around the box and find a pass and take someone out of the game with a skill or finish. It’s big in those games if we feel like we’re going to have a lot of control.”
The overall aim for Lampard is for his midfield players to make all-round contributions rather than specialising in one facet of the game. That goes a long way to explaining why Mount, who presses ferociously, has been Chelsea’s most used player this season.
“Generally, with midfield, I do like midfield players who can perform, not all the roles but can play high, can play on the side, can do the defensive duties and Mason really has that,” Lampard added.
“His work off the ball is fantastic for us and if I feel like getting him high up the pitch to put more pressure on the other team if they want to play out, that can help us off the ball.
“Sometimes I’ll ask him to do a slightly different role with the ball where he comes deeper to make sure he’s not missing out on the ball because he’s a good player and needs to be on the ball deeper.
“Himself, Ross can perform that kind of role. Kovacic can perform that kind of role. Ruben Loftus-Cheek can perform that kind of role. N’Golo Kante can perform that kind of role. Billy Gilmour can. Jorginho also can but his role predominantly in his career has been from a deeper position.
“I had those good problems within the team. I like to work on the midfield, making it as fluid as it possibly can be so we give teams problems. Some performances recently, Watford being one the other day, Everton before lockdown I saw real fluid movement of the midfield which I really liked. We have to continue to work on that. “