Frank Lampard has the worst goals concession rate of any Chelsea manager in the Premier League – but why?
“Does he really not understand defending?” was the pertinent question asked by Sasha Goryunov on The Totally Football Show this week, when discussing another Chelsea goal-fest at the weekend.
Frank Lampard’s side drew 3-3 with Southampton at the weekend having been 2-0 and 3-2 ahead, meaning Chelsea have conceded 1.5 goals a game under their current boss – the worst record of any permanent Chelsea manager in the Premier League.
So why are they so bad? The obvious answer is ‘Lampard can’t organise a defence’, but our panelists tried to find a couple of other possible reasons.
“There just seem to be quite a lot of individual mistakes,” said Michael Cox. “None of their centre-backs have really installed themselves as a solid first choice. Andreas Christensen made a really bad error against Liverpool that basically cost them the game, Kurt Zouma made a really bad mistake in this game with a backpass that put Kepa in trouble. I just don’t really trust any of their defenders – even Thiago Silva, who came in and made that mistake against West Brom.
“I think there are organisational problems, but there are also some individuals who need to take responsibility for their own mistakes.
“It just summed up Chelsea for me – they’re very exciting going forwards, but defensively it’s just the same thing every time, and it’s the reason I can’t really see them going for the title.”
Daniel Storey suggested there might be something else at play, in the Lampard noggin.
“I wonder if there’s a little bit of something somewhere between naivety and arrogance. Lampard said after the game that it was disappointing to concede three goals and not beat a team like Southampton. He hasn’t beaten Southampton at home yet, as a manager, in three goes: it’s almost as if he thinks ‘I’ve got these attacking players, I’ve got these technical midfielders – we should roll over these teams. That’s what I expect because I remember being Frank Lampard, Chelsea midfielder, and we rolled over these teams.’
“It’s not that easy anymore: Ralph Hasenhuttl has a better CV than Lampard, is a better tactical coach than Lampard, so if you leave flaws there to exploit, he will exploit them, especially if they’re the same flaws that were there all through last season.
“It almost feels like he needs to take his medicine and go back to basics. “We’re not going to win games if we’re allowing ‘a team like Southampton’ to have more shots than us, more shots on target than us, to create more chances than us, even when we’ve got this excellent array of attacking players.’ It just seems a bit dim really.”
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