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Chelsea managed to finish the Premier League campaign in fourth place, but it could have even been better had the Blues done better in defence.
Chelsea conceded 54 goals in the season, the worst of any team in the top half of the table. The Blues defence let in almost 1.5 goals per game on average in the Premier League and finished with the joint-worst defensive away record.
However, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists that his team is on the right track, as he has looked back at the same defensive problems Liverpool and Manchester City have had some seasons ago, before going on to solve them and are now a force, both in the Premier League and in Europe as well.
“The numbers don’t lie,” admitted Lampard. “We’re trying to play a certain way. I know the teams now at the top of the game – Liverpool and Manchester City – have been through similar periods in the early stages of their managers being at the clubs so it’s a work in progress for me.
“I can’t shelve it in another direction. We have to work defensively as a group but some of the individual errors we’re making have cost us goals and they can’t be there if we want to keep moving forward.
“We’ve had a good season but there are areas to improve and defensively of course we have to improve.”