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Frank Lampard: Chelsea have defensive problems and i know the answers

standard: Frank Lampard has hit back at criticism of his tactics at Chelsea after defensive frailties hampered the club’s top-four bid.

Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United looked set to see the Blues top out of Champions League qualification contention, only for Leicester City to go down 4-1 at Bournemouth and Manchester United to conceded a 96th-minute equaliser to Southampton.

Chelsea host Norwich at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday with Lampard challenging his players to hit straight back to form.

While Lampard believes he can solve Chelsea’s defensive conundrum, he feels the era of stand-out partnerships like the Blues’ John Terry-Ricardo Carvalho pairing are a thing of the past.

“In terms of defensively, there is a way that I want us to play and it’s not gung-ho, it’s not crazy” said Lampard.

“A lot of the goals are the balls that come into our box that maybe we don’t defend right at that moment and that’s something that has to improve and I feel I know the answers to it.

“Some of it is work and that’s something we will see and it’s part of the process we are in. I don’t like it, I hate conceding goals but we have to work harder on it.

“I don’t think any team in modern football are going to say ‘We’ve got that one defensive partnership’. You go back and talk about a John Terry-Ricardo Carvalho partnership, but in the modern day, I don’t think you will find too many clubs to name the two.

“It’s a difficult season and a demanding season, so I’m not saying I just want to pick two centre-backs because you need competition of probably four centre-backs within a squad and then you need them knocking on the door.

“You want to be able to say to players ‘You are not doing enough’ or the two that are playing keep deserving to play.

“I don’t think it’s about just a partnership. Can we be more settled if we improve? Yes, for sure. Will it be just two players who are going to be your centre backs? I don’t think that’s going to be the case.”

Source: Published by standard

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Chidimma queen
Chidimma queen
24 days ago

Really?

Sakiru Ridwan Abolaji
Sakiru Ridwan Abolaji
24 days ago

its obvious

Osazuwa
Osazuwa
24 days ago

Very factual

Osazuwa
Osazuwa
24 days ago

It’s crystal clear.

Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
24 days ago

Anf so

Edem Effiom Effiwatt
Edem Effiom Effiwatt
24 days ago

Rotate your defenders

Uzoh pascal
Uzoh pascal
24 days ago

Let’s see how it goes

Kelvin Ijeh
Kelvin Ijeh
24 days ago

That’s nice

ndubuisi victor njakor
ndubuisi victor njakor
24 days ago

you know better

Joshua Samson
Joshua Samson
24 days ago

It’s really obvious and has fact

Daniel Simon
Daniel Simon
23 days ago

Chelsea have to sign a defender

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
23 days ago

Very factual

Ezema paul
Ezema paul
23 days ago

Okay

Aba Osita Oscar
Aba Osita Oscar
23 days ago

He should endeavor to solve it

NwakasiIkenna
NwakasiIkenna
23 days ago

He should act fast oo

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
23 days ago

Nice update

Ayomide Adanlawo
Ayomide Adanlawo
23 days ago

There’s still hope for Chelsea FC

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
23 days ago

Nice one from my coach up blues

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
23 days ago

Kudos Frank

Agim Uchenna Vincent
Agim Uchenna Vincent
23 days ago

It is true

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
23 days ago

D Chelsea defence need overhauling

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
23 days ago

Nice one coach u will have to undergo new signing

Ayodele Joshua Oluwaseyi
Ayodele Joshua Oluwaseyi
23 days ago

He needs to work on it quickly

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
23 days ago

Much improvement is neede

Godwin osuya
Godwin osuya
23 days ago

Chelsea defenders should be serious

Lakubbe Eli Hamma
Lakubbe Eli Hamma
23 days ago

Nice update

Ikechimark ludger
Ikechimark ludger
23 days ago

They need it

Ibeanusi chinonso samuel
Ibeanusi chinonso samuel
23 days ago

U know best

Okafor stella
Okafor stella
23 days ago

Hmmmmmm it can be true

Miracle john
Miracle john
23 days ago

Hmmm

Joseph Odeigua
Joseph Odeigua
23 days ago

You figured it out

tim cool
tim cool
23 days ago

It needs urgent attention

Fidel chy
Fidel chy
23 days ago

Is obvious and u need to act fast.

mmuotoo chibuike peter
mmuotoo chibuike peter
23 days ago

Please correct it

Isaac Akusuk
Isaac Akusuk
23 days ago

Fact

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
23 days ago

Nice one

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
23 days ago

Really

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
23 days ago

It clear

Amarachi
Amarachi
23 days ago

Good fact

Temitope Samson Fayomi
Temitope Samson Fayomi
23 days ago

Seriously?

Adeyemo abraham
Adeyemo abraham
23 days ago

That is good.

David
David
23 days ago

Thats is cool

Cherry
Cherry
23 days ago

Nice update

Samuel aniedi
Samuel aniedi
23 days ago

Nice

ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
23 days ago

Chelsea defend is a bit porous

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
23 days ago

That’s why you are Chelsea coach

Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
23 days ago

Defense is just Chelsea’s problem.

Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
23 days ago

Go & sign Terri back.lol

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
23 days ago

Okay

Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
23 days ago

They really have defense problem.