Chelsea had the worst defensive record of teams finishing in the top half of Premier League points table and need to rethink their roster make-up.
Frank Lampard’s first year at the helm of Chelsea was a success. The Blues legend guided them to a cup-final and Champions League qualification.
The latest incarnation of West London outfit is more attacking and its core is not an expensively assembled cast. It is made up of youth academy graduates.
Chelsea are a team reformed and Lampard is leading that charge. This is just the beginning of Frank’s revolution. The novice manager still has a long way to go.
However, if there was one takeaway from his first season at Stamford Bridge was that the 42-year-old wants his side to attack. So much so that they forget defensive duties and go for broke in the opposition’s third.
With a backline made up of players assembled by different managers with different approaches to the game, cohesion is lacking.
Lampard understandably wants to reinforce at the back. Daily Mail reported that to get the players he wants, the retired midfielder will off-load as many as four defenders.
Central defenders, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen will be ushered out after failing to make their mark over the years.
The duo is part of their homegrown players’ quota but the Blues are willing to listen to offers. Interest is high for their services from English and German clubs.
Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso are also on their way out. The left-backs were acquired during Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte’s reign respectively.
But they are unfancied as first-team options. Conte wants a reunion with Alonso at Inter Milan, while Sarri wants to add Palmieri at the Allianz Stadium.