Jason Cundy has admitted that Chelsea’s defending from set-pieces on Tuesday night was one problem he had with the team’s performance.
Frank Lampard’s side managed a 2-1 victory in France against Rennes, as they qualified for the Champions League last-16 with two games remaining in their group.
Olivier Giroud was the hero off the bench with his 91st minute header and earlier on Callum Hudson-Odoi had put the Blues in front with a composed finish, but it looked at one stage like they’d have to settle for a point.
Serhou Guirassy powered in a header for Rennes in the 85h minute, as he managed to find space in the penalty box to get on the end of a corner.
Cundy was left disappointed with Chelsea’s work from dead-ball situations and felt they were sloppy:
“For large parts defensively as a unit we defended quite well. Set-pieces, not so happy with the way we defended. [Edouard] Mendy made a brilliant save close-up,” Cundy told talkSPORT.
Chelsea still need to do some work on the training ground when it comes to defending set-pieces, but before tearing into the the players it’s worth noting they have improved tenfold in that aspect since last season.
Rennes went close to scoring on a couple of occasions from corners before they eventually netted and the fact they had 11 corners in the match certainly helped them.
The Blues have a colossus goalkeeper in Edouard Mendy who is a commanding presence in goal, but Lampard may just want to look at the defensive set-up ahead of the weekend’s Premier League showdown against Tottenham.