Frank Lampard says he is unconcerned by Chelsea’s attacking threat and has spoken of his desire to find ‘balance’ in his new-look side.
Chelsea failed to score for the second successive fixture after being held to a goalless draw by Manchester United on Saturday evening, the clash coming just four days after another stalemate in their Champions League opener against Sevilla at Stamford Bridge.
The west London side spent lavishly this summer on a host of attacking talent including Timo Werner and club-record signing Kai Havertz, though it has taken time for the new players to gel over the opening weeks of the campaign.
Werner has scored just two league goals in his first six Premier League fixtures, whilst Havertz struggled to exert his influence at the weekend and has found the back of the net once in the league to date.
The Blues only managed one shot on target in the Old Trafford stalemate, however, Lampard says his side have been keen to solve their defensive deficiencies and praised his side’s solidity at the weekend, insisting he is working hard to strike a ‘balance’ as Chelsea seek consistency in their performances.
“Where we have conceded more goals than I would have liked in certain games this season, it is important to try to address those problems,” Lampard told the Chelsea website.
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“Obviously we are addressing them at the back. I thought we defended the box very well [at Old Trafford].
“Defending for me at this level when you have individual players with good quality is about concentration. Concentration is what defines defending in top players generally. Thiago Silva on Saturday was a great example of a defender who concentrates at every moment of a game, not just to affect things himself but to affect those around him. That was a big plus.
“The balance is something we will constantly work on. We got in nice areas at certain times. We didn’t have the usual spark that we have seen from Timo and Kai already, or what Christian can do, but I will take positives in that we defended very well and had at times good control, but did not have the absolute penetration we normally have.”
Lampard added that he has no concerns over his side’s attacking threat given the calibre of players available to the Chelsea boss this season, admitting it will take time for ‘relationships’ to form in the forward line following an influx of new additions.
“I am least worried about the front end of the pitch with the players that we have there,” he confirms.
“It is normal it will take some time for the relationships in the side to form, whether we want to play the ball in behind or to feet. We are in such an early part of the season and I know the qualities and the reasons we brought Timo and Kai into the club. I know the qualities we already have there and Hakim Ziyech is now looking like he is coming close to starting a game with his fitness. I am very happy with the players.”