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Everyone’s concern about Frank Lampard’s squad heading to the new season is the state of Chelsea’s defence. The Blues defence has been exposed in pre-season, and it’s a warning sign that Lampard must work on before the season starts with a huge cracker against Manchester United.
While Chelsea’s attack has been firing on all cylinders, the defence has been too shaky, conceding cheap goals at will.
While it’s clear who Lampard’s full-backs choices are, the Chelsea boss could not settle on a centre-back partnership all through the summer as he rotated the defence with Kurt Zouma, David Luiz, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori.
talkSPORT’s Sean O’Brien thinks Lampard ought to work on his side’s defence and that he has a wealth of quality defenders to choose from.
“The Blues have scored 18 goals in their seven pre-season games, but worryingly, they have conceded 11, including eight in their last three games,” O’Brien writes.
“There can be no excuses for Frank Lampard, who has a wealth of quality centre-backs despite the club’s transfer ban.
“Scoring goals won’t be a problem for the Blues, but Lampard needs to find a way to keep them out at the other end before they travel to Old Trafford on Sunday.”
Chelsea kept only one clean sheet in pre-season, conceding 9 goals in the process, and Lampard has admitted work must be done on the team’s defence ahead of next season, with games against Manchester United and Liverpool around the corner.
“We can’t concede goals like we did today,” Lampard stressed after the game.
“That is obviously important for us to be where we want to be, so now we are preparing for next week. We have Manchester United next Sunday, we have a long week, the players deserve some rest as it has been a busy pre-season with travel and games but now we have a big week where we work, focus even more, do some more fitness work as a team and be ready.
“We have a huge start to the season with Manchester United and then Liverpool in the Super Cup, so these games are good for us but we still need to improve.
“It will be very difficult going to Old Trafford, with the atmosphere as it will be for the first game, a quality team, a competitor every year with ourselves for Champions League places and above, so it is even more important that we are prepared.
“We are a team that has worked very hard but we need to be absolutely focused because it is going to be a tough game.”