October 15, 2021

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Lampard calls on Chelsea defence to keep on improving

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard praised the team’s collective effort to shore up their defence but said players must guard against complacency when they host Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Lampard’s side leaked nine goals in their opening five league games but have since kept five straight clean sheets in all competitions, which included a goalless league draw at Manchester United and a 3-0 win over Stade Rennais in the Champions League.

“There’s always different parts to it,” Lampard told a news conference on Friday. “Individuals have made good performances in that period. The collective is a reflection of that.

“It’s driven by the players, always will be. We must never relax. It’s such an important part of the game.”

Lampard said Chelsea have found a fresh balance in the team with new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech being among the goals in their last three victories.

“There’s a versatility in the way new players play,” Lampard added. “We had a slight change in formation and the 4-3-3 worked well recently.

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