Lampard warned solving this issue more important than £230m transfer spree

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has spent more than £230million in signing players this summer ahead of the new season.

According to former Chelsea player Craig Burley, solving Chelsea’s defensive issues is more important than fitting the new attacking signings into the team.

“Going back to Chelsea defensively, and they were bad last year,” Burley told ESPN.

“Lampard himself can throw out the goalkeeper, [Andreas] Christensen didn’t have a great season, neither did [Antonio] Rudiger, he had two right backs, he tried three at the back, he can say all that.

“But arguably for me, more important than fitting all these excellent chess pieces in the attacking third, I don’t think that’s the most important thing.

“I think the most important thing is to get a back four, to stick with it, and work with it, to get a solid base for those guys to operate.

“He chopped and changed so much last year, they didn’t know if they were coming or going.

“I know it’s down to form and fitness some of the time, but I think for them to have success they’re going to have to get Chilwell in there, Thiago Silva, probably Rudiger next to him, then Azpilicueta at right back.

“If they have a bad game, they have a bad game, but stick with it, work with that back four if that’s the back four he’s going to go with, make sure that’s a solid unit, and then fit all the other pieces in up front.

“If he can’t do that, they’ll struggle.”

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