Lampard addresses Chelsea's defensive issues ahead of Sevilla match

Tanya Simon
October 20, 2020

Jorginho was the man in the middle for the Blues, with the likes of Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Andreas Christensen, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi around the Italy global.

By contrast, even the European elite were more cautious as Real Madrid did not make a single signing, Barcelona tried to offload big salaries and Leroy Sane was the only major arrival at Bayern Munich.

They will face Lopetegui's Europa League winners at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

The Blues' defensive issues are well-documented and the side that conceded 54 Premier League goals last season have begun the current campaign by letting in nine goals in five matches. The issues are we don't concede many shots on our goal, but when we do we concede goals.

The hosts remain without the services of new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who is still injured, so Lampard will have to decide whether to bring in Willy Caballero or stick with Kepa Arrizabalaga despite the Spaniard committing another error at the weekend.

The case of Kepa illustrates the very different economic models that Chelsea and Sevilla operate.

Chelsea may be the slight favourites ahead of the Sevilla match but they may not have the bulk of the ball.

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"We are against one of the teams that can win the competition in Chelsea". Sevilla already eliminated Wolves and United last season.

The Senegal goalkeeper was expected to be ruled out of the Champions League Group E clash against Julen Lopetegui's side on Tuesday after suffering a thigh injury in a training session while on worldwide duty.

Chelsea have failed to win five of their last six home matches in the Champions League and opposing a home win once more looks tempting.

"We have in mind the moment in which we can take a jump is when we reach revenue of 300 million euros", he added. We've generally brought in younger players, so it's important we learn lessons as we go because the Champions League is so cut-throat.

Chelsea have spent more than £220million to reshape the Stamford Bridge ranks under former midfield star Lampard.

Julen Lopetegui's troops will now be looking to transfer that success onto Europe's top-table, however, they will arrive in London having suffered their first La Liga defeat of the season last time out - a shock 1-0 loss away at Granada.

"They are a great side, with fantastic players and have performed very well this season".

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