Frank Lampard has spoken of his happiness at Chelsea’s ‘balance’ and ‘versatility’ amid the club’s improved defensive record in recent weeks.
Chelsea have now gone almost eight hours since last conceding a goal and made it five consecutive clean sheets with another shut-out in the midweek Champions League victory over Rennes, their early-season defensive concerns having been replaced by a new-found solidity.
Summer signings Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva have played key roles in the club’s improvement, the west London side having kept five successive shut-outs for the first time in a decade.
Lampard has now opened up on his side’s success and has urged his players to continue striving for improvement as they bid to challenge the division’s best this season.
“There’s always different parts to it,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference.
“Individuals have made good performances in that period. The collective is a reflection of that. It’s driven by the players, always will be. We must never relax. It’s such an important part of the game.”
Chelsea’s improved resilience has been complemented by some fine attacking displays, with the Blues securing comfortable victories over Krasnodar and Burnley before their thrashing of Rennes on Wednesday night.
Ahead of this weekend’s clash with Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge, Lampard has praised the balance of his side and believes the club’s summer signings – including the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech – offer ‘versatility’ in terms of style and system.
“In the last few games,” Lampard said when asked about a greater balance at his pre-match press conference.
“There’s a versatility in the way new players play. We had a slight change in formation and the 4-3-3 worked well recently. There’s a balance with the system and the players need to adjust that as well.”