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Chelsea’s defence was brutally exposed in the 2-2 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach, a recurring theme for Frank Lampard’s side in pre-season.
Chelsea only managed to keep one clean sheet out of seven pre-season games, and even Blues boss Frank Lampard has admitted that the defence is a worrying factor to him ahead of the new season.
Chelsea’s midfield might be very offensive, but the Blues are definitely missing the solidity that N’Golo Kante brings. Kante has been out all summer, but only managed to be a substitute in the game against Monchengladbach, and Chelsea fans are calling for his return ahead of our season opener against Manchester United.
“The team is falling down without this guy,” a Chelsea fan tweeted regarding to Kante.
Another Blues fan said: “I just hope Kante is ready to go for our Man Utd game next week.”
“Kante needed urgently in this team. Our defence are isolated and they’re clearly not good enough to handle pressure or at least keep good shape,” one fan added.
“Kante is needed for this match,” another Chelsea fan wrote.
“I thought we play better without Kante? Respect, respect man,” another fan admitted his mistake.
Meanwhile, Daily Mail’s Rob Draper insists Chelsea must do better after we lose possession if we are to stop leaking in goals.
“Chelsea are going to press high, push on and be aggressively on the front foot: Frank Lampard will be an on-trend modern coach,” Draper wrote in Daily Mail.
“Which is all well and good, but they look shockingly exposed in midfield in the first half. The sight of Jorginho running back, seemingly wading through marshland, is alarming.
“A suspicion lurks that the sheer speed of transitions in the Premier League means he just isn’t suited to Chelsea. But it’s more than that. Chelsea were extraordinarily poor at re-setting themselves when losing possession in the first half.
“The second Monchengladbach goal scored by Jonas Hoffman saw Mateo Kovacic holding midfield all alone in front of the centre halves, with full backs and is midfield team-mates and wingers all having flown forward. Positional discipline seemingly had deserted Chelsea.
“Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will enjoy running into all that space next weekend at Old Trafford. Chelsea were much better in the second half.
“Two penalties – one extraordinarily soft and the other legitimate – salvaged pride. But for Kepa’s fine save at the end from Keanan Bennetts, they might have thrown away their fightback. At times, they were far too open.”