Chelsea's defensive discrepancy (PL position out of 17 teams in both 19/20 and 20/21)
Chelsea have conceded an average of 1.5 goals per entertainment in the Premier League unbefitting Lampard (63 in 43 games), the Blues worst percentage subservient any knob to oversee more than one game in the competition. But only one facet posses conceded fewer shots. We look at the discrepancy
How the mouths of Chelsea fans would retain been watering at 3.30pm on Saturday.
Chelseas frontage four had the leeway of Stamford Bridge, interchanging at entrust and causing Southampton all fashion of problems from which they had no remedy to recover.
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Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic looked free, with no thicken position, while Timo Werner created two fine goals for himself. Any dormant rumour of a Premier League goal drought was put to bed.
But again, Chelseas safeguard sublet them down. From 2-0 up they were pegged back 2-2, the top goal from Danny Ings coming from slim air next a Havertz mistake, and the closing a joint Kurt Zouma-Kepa Arrizabalaga error. They then dissipated a 3-2 govern belated on from the later phase of a thicken piece.
For all their attacking inactive - and thats even before Hakim Ziyech sees further than 20 minutes - Frank Lampards aspect are continuously shooting themselves in the foot.
Errors own punctuated their season, and questions over defensive solidity own hung over Lampard since he took the vocation last August.
Chelsea keep conceded an typical of 1.5 goals per amusement in the Premier League under Lampard (63 in 43 games), the Blues worst scale underneath any knob to dispense additional than one amusement in the competition.
Since Lampard arrived, only Saints, Aston Villa, West Ham and Brighton have conceded supplementary goals of present Premier League teams. But the goals rail obelisk does not invoice with additional metrics.
They obtain conceded legal 379 shots - only Manchester City posses faced fewer - and their expected goals censure is recognized 44.7, over 18 goals fewer than they obtain actually conceded. That is by far the largest difference between expected goals conceded and genuine goals conceded in the Premier League.
This points to fellow mistakes. Seven of the nine goals Chelsea retain conceded this season own been down to fellow mistakes in some form: Sadio Manes peak in Liverpools 2-0 win on September 20 and Jannik Vestegaards belated equaliser on Saturday the only two that posses not.
Lampard is fairly aware, and wants game management, phenomenon that seems to have been abandoned across the Premier League this season.
"They are mistakes that concern you. [The latter goal] was a event that we have to obtain strikingly dealt with in a a great deal better and simpler terms. If you are going to concede those kind of goals, then it doesnt question how well you acting in periods of games, it is object that we slang keep in our game.
"There is indeed a pastime leadership aspect of it in a game. We inclination to have a lead and see it off."
Could it furthermore a structural issue? Chelsea retain switched to a 4-2-3-1 this season - unavoidable with their attacking options - but it often becomes a facade five with Ben Chilwell comfortable and effective up the pitch.
But for all his attacking qualities, Chilwells rancid occasion stretches Chelseas preventive on the turnover. Southampton targeted their full-backs with the form from the first minute on Saturday - in the best half it failed miserably, in the second half it worked wonderfully.
Either way, and as with Saints have approach, its hazard and reward. At present, as can be experimental across the Premier League, games are resembling a coin toss; teams are getting it wrong valid as a lot of as they are receiving it right.
Building rub and solidity takes time, and that may be lacking on the training ground at present.
"I dont imagine we are conceding goals due to the massage of the team," Lampard insisted after Saturdays game. "Of passage we posses changed the press and I obtain to do those decisions with the personnel we hold and getting the finest out of them. That is thing I posses to suppose about, but it doesnt mean I am dead crystallize on clinging with that formation and there can be changes and tweaks to it as we go along. Its entity we want to continue working on. It is a change.
"Change needs activity on the apprenticeship ground, we havent had many of that so sometimes the business in motion is in games and today there were loads of important things from the 4-2-3-1, particularly in the blessing half. In the hindmost half I wouldnt blame the shape of the team, supplementary that we didnt pact with the actuality that Southampton were really weep to put us beneath compel in their keep half.
"We wanted to lass out their press, we didnt set about enough and that meant we turned the round over in our obtain half, which irrespective of massage is always a problem."
In this, the most queer of Premier League seasons, it feels like the boon mammoth yoke to drama it safe, sardonic and abolish mistakes cede crystallize the stride at the top.
Last season, Lampard was guilty of playing free-flowing football in games that begged for patience and attrition, surprising given his three-and-a-half successful years beneath the professor of diversion rule Jose Mourinho.
He has duplicate winners in abundance, so its point his Chelsea aspect cleft out the blunders and shut up shop.
Chelsea innkeeper Sevilla in their breach Champions League group diversion on Tuesday at 8pm, before going to Manchester United on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 5.30pm.
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