Size matters! Frank Lampard tries to fix Chelsea’s vulnerability, but admits he needs to address the transfer market issue
- Frank Lampard regretted the lack of big players with strength and aggression
- Blues have held back a quarter of their league goals this season from set pieces
- That’s one of the top three worst records in the top class, and Lampard is troubling
- Lampard admits that he may have to turn to the transfer market to address the problem
Frank Lampard admits that Chelsea’s vulnerability to set pieces can be an issue that can only really be addressed in the transfer market.
Lampard lamented the lack of big players with the strength and aggression to dominate in the air like his former teammates Didier Drogba, John Terry, Michael Ballack and Gary Cahill.
“It’s definitely something to consider when looking at recruitment,” he said.
Frank Lampard, the manager of Chelsea, would like to expose the vulnerability of his team
Chelsea have held back a quarter of their Premier League goals from set pieces this season – one of the three worst records in the division. Nine of these goals come from corners, with an average of one goal per 12 allowed corners.
“I really don’t like talking about my own playing days,” Lampard said. But we didn’t work much on decor pieces and there were a few reasons, especially John Terry, Gary Cahill, Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Branislav Ivanovic. You would put it in an area and they would defend it or score goals.
Like Liverpool, I remember a lot of talk about them and set pieces a few seasons ago. They were zonal and admitted much. They signed Virgil van Dijk and he leads everything in the box.
Lampard admits that Chelsea may need to look to the transfer market to bring in bigger players
Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma are among those who have struggled defensively at times
“So there is a huge relationship with the staff and if you don’t have that size across the team, the most important thing is to try to compete as hard as possible and make it difficult for other teams to score.”
Chelsea have signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for next season, chasing Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverksuen and Ben Chilwell of Leicester.
They are also still trying to make a deal with Willian, who has no contract next month.
“I didn’t give up hope,” said Lampard. “We want him to stay with the club, but I appreciate that because of his age, this contract for Willian is a big deal for him. I have been there myself and I respect that. ‘
Willian, 32, has turned down the offer of a new two-year contract and wants a three-year contract.
Neither of those players will tackle the issue of defending set pieces more effectively, and Lampard would like reinforcements for his backline along with another goalkeeper.
Lampard maintains that despite recent criticism, he is happy with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga
Kepa Arrizabalaga came under fire in Wednesday’s defeat to West Ham and while the Chelsea manager chose to cite Van Dijk’s influence, he could easily have thrown goalkeeper Alisson’s impact at Liverpool.
“A lot has been said about him this season with Kepa,” said Lampard. “All I want from him – like all players – is the right mindset and attitude.
“I’m sure I’m going to get that. I am happy with him and that is how we continue to work. ‘