Chelsea boss Frank Lampard needs urgent work done to his defence after Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Southampton, because his side were “comical” at the back. That’s the belief of former Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.
Chelsea threw away two leads on Saturday as they were made to settle for a draw at Stamford Bridge.
New £53million signing Timo Werner opened his account with two superb goals in the first half of the game to give the Blues a 2-0 lead after half an hour.
But Chelsea’s defence let them down again, leaving Lampard scratching his head as to how his side didn’t secure three points.
Danny Ings got Southampton back into the game as he was left in space and allowed to go through on goal, before rounding Kepa Arrizabalalga and tapping into an empty net.
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Then, Kurt Zouma played a poor pass back to Arrizabalaga, leading to the Spanish goalkeeper sliding and failing to make any contact with the ball, allowing Che Adams to pounce and round the keeper before tapping home.
Kai Havertz scored his first Premier League goal to put the Blues back into the lead, only for Jannik Vestergaard to flick home from close range after Theo Walcott’s weak shot towards goal.
Speaking to ESPN FC, Hislop was heavily critical of Chelsea’s defence, claiming Lampard has a lot of work to do before his side can be contenders.
“Chelsea were quite simply awful defensively,” he said.
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“You can start with Christensen leaving Ings to run off him and stand in an acre of space for their first, the Kurt Zouma mistake followed up by Kepa being indecisive for Southampton’s second. It was bordering on comical, in all honesty.
“Then, later on when you’re 3-2 up and you concede free-kicks in dangerous areas needlessly.
“As much as you want to point the finger at inexperience or a need for reinforcements at the back, Thiago Silva’s injury, this is just basic professionalism.
“You don’t have to be a good defender to avoid the mistakes Chelsea are making and continue to cost them.
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“Frank Lampard has to sort this out. He has to give these defenders authority to make decisions in the spur of the moment.
“He has to get them to put the ball out of play, do the sensible things, do the things you should be doing as any professional at this level should.
“I don’t know what’s causing some of these mistakes, and it’s frustrating.
“It must be frustrating for Chelsea fans and for Frank Lampard, for anyone hoping for better at this level.”
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