Frank Lampard admitted his emphasise on defence made it hard for the attackers but also said these forward players are the least of his worries due to their quality.

After keeping consecutive clean-sheets against Sevilla and Manchester United last week, the criticism has now shifted from Chelsea’s defence to their attack.

Having spent big on several highly-rated attackers, the Blues failed to score  — and only managed to have a total three on targets in those — in those two games.

Lampard said his team’s more defensive look was part of his plan to solve their defensive issues earlier in the season.


“Where we have conceded more goals than I would have liked in certain games this season, it is important to try to address those problems,” he told Chelsea’s official website about his decision to focus on the defence in the past couple of games.

“Obviously we are addressing them at the back. I thought we defended the box very well [at Old Trafford].”

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The manager admitted that it might have affected the performances of some of his players such as Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic who clearly enjoys a more attacking football.

“The balance is something we will constantly work on,” he explained.

“We didn’t have the usual spark that we have seen from Timo and Kai already, or what Christian can do, but I will take positives in that we defended very well and had at times good control, but did not have the absolute penetration we normally have.”

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But Lampard assured that there is nothing to worry about as he highlighted the qualities of his attackers.

“I am least worried about the front end of the pitch with the players that we have there,” he added.

“We are in such an early part of the season and I know the qualities and the reasons we brought Timo and Kai into the club.

“I know the qualities we already have there and Hakim Ziyech is now looking like he is coming close to starting a game with his fitness.

“I am very happy with the players.”

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