Lampard Explains Why He Had To Stop Zonal Marking

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Chelsea’s defence has been suspect many times this season as the Blues had a habit of conceding silly goals from setpieces.

Frank Lampard set the team in zonal marking for defending setpieces but Chelsea kept conceding goals as our zonal marking tends to make players free in the box.

However, Chelsea’s form and performance in defence has improved in recent games, and Lampard has revealed that the secret to Chelsea’s recent boost in defence is a shift from his zonal marking system to a mix with man marking.

“We changed a couple of weeks ago because I basically got fed up conceding so we thought we have got to change something here to give players some responsibility,” Lampard told, explaining his decision to move away from zonal marking to a mix-and-match approach.

“It’s hard; there are so many arguments to both sides for this one.

“In zonal you can be a bit passive. In man-to-man, in the modern day, you can get blocked and people can get away from you so we felt a bit of a mixture give a bit of responsibility back to the markers and keep a few of our bigger players in zones and we have been better since.”

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