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Chelsea’s defence has been a problem under Frank Lampard, and that statement has been a norm since last season.
Chelsea’s defence shipped in 54 goals last season in the Premier League alone, and after conceding three goals against both West Brom and Southampton, not many positives can be written about Chelsea’s defence this season.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has now urged his teammates to work hard and play as a unit, and thus ensure that the defence will become stronger than it has been.
Azpilicueta said: “What is very clear is that if we want to improve and fight for everything we have to improve the defensive side and obviously this is a problem that we have to fix collectively and individually, because when you concede so many goals, one day you can get away with it and you can score four goals but you cannot rely on every single game to score four goals.
“I think it’s key moving forward and we have to start getting this consistency of winning games, of not conceding goals.
“When you have the solidity defensively I think it gives a boost for the whole team. I always see football as a collective. When we don’t score goals I try to see even as a defender, how we can put our dangerous players, attacking players, in better positions, because sometimes they don’t get the service that they should get. And as a defender I feel bad when you concede as many goals, but sometimes we have to improve our personal mistakes that have been an issue and also collectively sometimes we have to take decisions and say ‘we all defend together right now’.
“Through the season you’re not going to be playing beautiful football every single day and winning 4-0, even if it’s what we wish. When we can’t, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter your position, we must do this to win the game because football is about results.”