Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has hinted at possible transfers for new defenders as he plans to get rid of costly ‘individual errors’.
The Blues are dominating the games, but the defence often lets them down — this has arguably been the theme of Chelsea’s season overall.
Don’t get it wrong, Chelsea have also not been clinical enough offensively. But Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner’s signings suggest they are working to strengthen their attacking end.
At the defensive positions however, Chelsea are yet to show significant improvement, having conceded more goals (54) than any other team in the top half of the Premier League this season.
Speaking about their defensive problems, he told Chelsea’s official website: “The numbers don’t lie.
“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.”
The manager argued that individual mistakes have been part of the problems and he plans to reduce those costly errors.
“I can’t shelve it in another direction,” he said.
“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.”
It wouldn’t be an easy task, however, since aside from Fikayo Tomori, most of Lampard’s defenders are already established international players such as Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Kurt Zouma.
You could argue that lack of experience might have been the case for Tomori, but not for the rest.
Personnel change could be an immediate solution and Lampard has hinted at possible new defensive recruitments.
He said: “We’ve had a good season but there are areas to improve and defensively, of course, we have to improve.”