Lampard insists Chelsea are improving


Chelsea coach Frank Lampard believes his men have shown improvement this season but emphasised that they need to strike a balance between their attack and defence.

In their opening five Premier League (PL) matches, Chelsea have conceded nine goals but kept consecutive clean sheets in their UEFA Champions League game against Sevilla at home and their league trip to Manchester United.

However, Chelsea failed to find the back of the net in both those games despite the presence of new signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner as well as winger Christian Pulisic leading the attack.

“We’ve played high level opponents in the past two games. Sevilla are a very talented team. We wanted to get both sides right,” said Lampard ahead of Chelsea’s Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Russian club Krasnodar.

“I didn’t like every bit of it but we are still improving. We can’t train much between games because of too many physical demands.

“The balance isn’t as great as I want it to be. It’s something we’re working on every day. We want more. It will take work,” added the Blues mentor.

Lampard said the team will look to maintain their “edge” against Krasnodar as they did in their narrow 1-0 win away to Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League last campaign.

“It was a tough group last year. We saw that edge in our game, particularly at Ajax. It will be important we keep that edge,” he said.

“People look at this group and think it is comfortable for us but we should have the edge.

“I didn’t have a fantastic knowledge of them (Krasnodar) but since the draw we’ve watched them and are very aware of them. They are new into the Champions League so will have absolute motivation. We’re very focused on the game.”

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By FARPost Reporter

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