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Chelsea Facing Big Stumbling Block In Race To Sign German Ace: What Should Be Lampard’s Play?

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According to a recent report by GladbachLIVE, Chelsea are facing a big stumbling block in the race to sign Borussia Monchengladbach centre-back Matthias Ginter this summer. The same source has also revealed that the German outfit does not need to cash in on their prized asset as they are ‘economically healthy’ which will make it difficult for the Blues to land him in this off-season.

In a recent interview with GladbachLIVE, Monchengladbach’s sporting director Max Eberl said, “Today there is nothing that would make me give up a player.”

Ginter’s Impressive Form In The Bundesliga Last Season

The 26-year-old enjoyed a productive season at Borussia-Park after putting in several solid defensive displays at the heart of Marco Rose’s backline. He had scored one goal and two assists in 36 matches for the German club last season across all competitions which showcase his knack for getting involved in the decisive third of the field.

The Freiburg-born centre-half deserves a lot of credit for averaging 1.1 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 3.8 clearances and 4.7 long balls per game in the Bundesliga and the UEFA Europa League. He has also been tidy when distributing the ball after completing 85.1% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Ginter has earned 29 senior caps for the German national team, finding the back of the net once for his country in the process. If the Monchengladbach defender can maintain his high standards in the upcoming campaign, then he should have a decent shot of being named in Germany boss Joachim Löw’s squad for next year’s UEFA European Championship finals.

Matthias Ginter of Germany runs during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier between Germany and Belarus on November 16, 2019, in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Are The German Centre-Back’s Strengths?

Ginter lacks pace, but he more than makes up for it through his strength to win aerial duels inside his half. He is proficient at using his strong frame to overpower the opposition that allows him to make some crucial interceptions for his team. The German international can scan the danger quickly and can even position himself ideally to pull off a few important last-gasp clearances at the back. He is primarily a centre-back, but can also fill in as a defensive midfielder or a right-back if required.

What Should Be Frank Lampard’s Play Here?

A centre-half of Ginter’s experience and defensive prowess will be a welcome addition to Frank Lampard’s squad ahead of the new season. He has what it takes to be a regular choice at the centre of the Blues defence next season. Ginter will not only add more stability and variety to Lampard’s defensive department but also increase competition for places within his squad.

Therefore, the West London giants should consider stepping up their effort to recruit the Bundesliga star before the start of the new campaign. Maybe launching a sizable offer could tip the scales in Chelsea’s favour in their pursuit of Ginter this summer. At 26, the Monchengladbach defender is currently playing the best football of his career which the FA Cup runners up might look to benefit from in the coming seasons.

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