Sean Dyche says Lampard needs time to find balance at Chelsea

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said Chelsea boss Frank Lampard still needs time to find the balance between attack and defence in his team following big summer investment.

The 4-0 win over Krasnodar in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday was surely a big relief for the Blues following a couple of goalless stalemates against Sevilla and Manchester United.

Having recorded just one shot on target at Old Trafford, the four goals and the clean sheet at Krasnodar stadium showed that they have what it takes to be threatening in the final third while keeping it tight at the back.

But Burnley will be a whole different challenge for Lampard’s men.

Even though the Clarets are without a win from five Premier League games, they have conceded just nine goals so far. Burnley are always a tough side to break down defensively, particularly at Turf Moor.

Ahead of the game Dyche said that, although Lampard has yet to solve the problems at both ends of the pitch, his team still prepares for a tough game against a top side.

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He told the reporters in his pre-match press conference on Thursday (via Burnley’s official YouTube channel): “He [Lampard] has been in the game long enough to know that [both ends of the pitch] are as important.

“I’m sure he’ll be looking for that balance as well.

“They’ve invested huge [money in the transfer window], especially at this time with the Covid-19 situation. But we all know the reality.

“Sometimes players, no matter how much or little money you spend on them, they fit [like a] glove, they just work. Other times, it takes time.”

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Dyche believes that Lampard is  in a period when he still has to experiment with his players and tactics in order to find consistency.

“But for sure, we respect them as being a very, very good group of players and we’ve got to make sure we’re on performance levels to look after ourselves,” he added.

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