When Chelsea thrive in Champions League opener Sevilla on Tuesday evening, Frank Lampard argues that Chelsea are not alone in their defensive prowess and that their team’s shaky backline needs to improve quickly.
The Blues are launching their European Group Stage Campaign amid serious concerns about their tendency to achieve goals.
Since taking over as manager last year, Lampard has scored 63 goals in 43 appearances, including nine in five Premier League appearances this season, three in his draw with Southampton on Saturday.
The 42-year-old says he wants to be stronger, but many top clubs are facing similar problems right from the start of the new campaign.
“We just want to get as few goals as all the teams do now,” Lampard said.
“Teams are scoring a lot of goals in the Premier League and we are all in a similar position to some extent now.
“But this will be something we will always work on, just like our offensive game.
“I’m not saying my DNA will be a natural attack manager. Every manager wants to create a balanced team that is strong in defense and offense.
“We work hard defensively and we always try to improve it.
“The problem is that we’re not getting a lot of shots on our goal, but when we do, we ‘get our goals.”
Chelsea captain Caesar Aspilikutta shares Lampard’s defensive concerns.
Ahead of the Group E opener against Europa League owners, the Spanish defender has agreed that the club will fight to challenge the silverware based on their current level of performance.
“It is clear that the defense must improve if we are to fight for everything,” Aspilikutta said
“This is a problem that we have to solve collectively and individually. Sometimes you can get away with it, but you can’t rely on all games to score three goals.
“You have to dig in and get a clean sheet. The confidence of the team is very important to achieve this solidity. We need to achieve consistency in not achieving the goals.
“I feel bad as a defender when you accept too many goals. We need to improve our personal mistakes and make better decisions together.”
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