Rob Green believes that Chelsea need to find a way to win ugly in the upcoming Premier League season, which kicks off for them next Monday away to Brighton.
Frank Lampard guided the Blues to a fourth-placed finish in the league last season during his first year in charge, something that was deemed a success due to the fact he was working under a transfer ban.
But pressure has been cranked up on his team going into this new campaign, as they’ve been extremely busy in the transfer market and signed some top-class players.
Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz have all moved to Stamford Bridge to help out going forward, while Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva are two defensive options signed for the first-team.
Green has predicted Chelsea to finish second in the table in the new Premier League season behind Manchester City and also explained what they need to add to their game.
“What Chelsea have been missing is consistency and that relentlessness that Liverpool have. This is the season where they need to find those ways of winning games when things don’t go their way,” Green told BBC Sport.
Chelsea were blistering to watch last season at times and played some eye-catching stuff, but Green is spot on that finding ways to win is more important than style.
Lampard should have a team that’s even more aesthetically pleasing and that’s got to be mixed with one that is also difficult to built.
There is no official word coming out of the Chelsea camp that they want to compete for the title, but the marquee signings suggest otherwise and fighting alongside the best has to be the aim and they need to tighten up defensively in order to do that.