Chelsea need a Van Dijk type figure to improve, says Lampard

Ruben Hill
July 5, 2020

Asked if it could lead to him beefing up his strike force further he said: "I'm not completely sure what we're going to look at in the front line".

Chelsea have the worst statistics in the Premier League when defending corners this season, with nine goals conceded from 110 deliveries, and their shortcomings were exposed during their 3-2 defeat against West Ham on Wednesday. I always felt confident that they would remain.

"We will sit down and look at it in the summer".

"If you look at the personnel, and I really don't like to talk about my own playing days, but we didn't work much at all on set-pieces; certain managers more than others, and there were a few reasons, mainly John Terry, Gary Cahill, Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and (Branislav) Ivanovic".

While Willian's scored three goals in Chelsea's last two league games, they have RB Leipzig's Timo Werner and Ajax's Hakim Ziyech arriving for 2020-21.

"And there's no doubt - I'm not making excuses when I say that because we've not done this well enough on the pitch, and that has to improve - when you look at who you might bring in, with the balance of the squad, in the modern day its certainly something to take into account when looking at recruitment".

Goalkeeper Kepa, who cost Chelsea £71 million when he signed from Athletic Bilbao two years ago, has come under more criticism for his performance against West Ham.

Chelsea boss Lampard wants Premier League chiefs to host an end-of-season meeting aimed at ironing out a host of flaws he believes exist in the current VAR set-up.

"I think the decision they have made comes from the rules that there are in place in this moment and so maybe at the end of this season we can think if it's possible to change this type of rule but in this moment it's like this and we have to respect the rules".

"With Kepa, there's been a lot spoken about him this season".

"If we go into it with the right attitude that we approached games like Aston Villa and Manchester City, and Everton and Liverpool before the break, then I have real belief in us". I'm happy with him. "I'm not going to talk about what may be at the end of the season".

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