Frank Lampard's start to life at Chelsea has surprised many.
After 12 matches, the former midfielder's side sits third on the English Premier League log on 26 points, eight off league leaders Liverpool.
Their current six-match winning run in the Premier League has given them the right momentum, and Lampard has been credited for his handling of the young team at his hands.
How he handled the now Arsenal defender David Luiz before the start of the season and his touch in integrating Christian Pulisic into the side have been masterstrokes, and initial questions have been replaced with a feeling of contentment.
They've registered big wins in the league, and early this month, Stamford Bridge experienced one of the most entertaining Champions League nights in recent seasons, a thrilling 4-4 draw that underlined the team's resilience.
And they will need a lot of that in coming days.
Lampard's tactics and ability to adapt depending on the opponents and playing styles will be put to test this coming week, immediately after the international break.
Vs Man City - Away
The first match will be against a wounded Manchester City at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola's men will want to bounce back after a demoralizing 3-1 loss at Anfield last week and will be eager to get one against one of the potential challengers for a top spot in the Premier League.
Chelsea suffered one of the heaviest defeats in recent times last time they visited the Etihad, going down 6-0, and were thoroughly outplayed throughout the match.
They will, however, be a different opponent this weekend, and Lampard can send another statement with a win against defending Champions.
He has shown he has the technical know-how to maneuver through tricky situations, and he will need one of the cards from his sleeve if he wants a positive result.
Vs Valencia - Away
Lampard enjoyed memorable nights in the Champions League as a player and that night in Munich was one of his greatest as he captained the side to the title.
Fast-forward to seven years later and he is in the dug-out leading the Blues in the competition as the manager. He already led the side to a thrilling comeback draw against Ajax this season, and the trip to Spain might make or break his Champions League start as manager.
He suffered a 1-0 loss against the Spanish side in the opening match when his young side was probably still trying to grasp his tactics, and they have since gone from strength to strength.
The two sides are top of the table on seven points, alongside Ajax, with the winner almost certainly inching closer to qualification to the next round.
The two matches might not be Lampard's biggest, but it will be a big week and will be interesting how he handles the ties, with the results even more important.
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