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Perhaps Frank Lampard is to Roberto Di Matteo to what Gianfranco Zola was to Carlo Ancelotti.
In case you're unaware of what I'm referring to, Ancelotti couldn't fit Zola into a Parma team comprising the likes of: Gianluigi Buffon, Lilian Thuram, Fabio Cannavaro, Néstor Sensini, Dino Baggio, Enrico Chiesa and Hernán Crespo.
Ancelotti would either play Zola out of position or not play him at all. So what happened?
Zola waved arrivederci to the Serie A and became the reason why I support Chelsea.
Lampard should play as an attacking midfielder, but Di Matteo wants a conductor like Juan Mata.
Being the pragmatic person he is, Di Matteo has figured that Lampard would probably impact the game more than Raul Meireles.
That is why Lampard is operating in a deep-lying role.
Surprisingly (given his reported behaviour this season), he was tactically disciplined and after 70 minutes, hadn't taken a single shot.
I do wonder when Lampard will clash with Di Matteo over his role.