Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard may look to Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk to unravel his membership’s set-piece issues.
The Blues have been overwhelmed 3-2 by West Ham in midweek, conceding from each of the corners they confronted on the London Stadium.
Chelsea have allowed targets from 8.2% of the corners they’ve conceded within the Premier League this season, second solely to Amiens throughout Europe’s high 5 leagues.
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Liverpool encountered comparable points beneath Jurgen Klopp however the signing of Van Dijk helped immensely, which Lampard has already taken observe of.
“We’ve checked out set-pieces this season,” stated Lampard.
“Once we got here into the membership we appeared on the stats from final season. We have been backside of the league defending set-plays, when it comes to groups getting massive probabilities in opposition to us, and second backside in attacking.
“So we checked out that. It’s not only a reference to final season as a result of we haven’t improved a lot this 12 months.
“For those who have a look at personnel, and I actually don’t like to speak about my very own taking part in days, however we didn’t work a lot in any respect on set-pieces, sure managers greater than others, and there have been a couple of causes – primarily John Terry, Gary Cahill, Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Branislav Ivanovic.
“So that you’d stick it in an space and they might defend it or rating targets.
“Equally with Liverpool, I bear in mind loads of speak about them and set-pieces a couple of seasons in the past. They have been zonal and conceding lots.
“They signed Virgil Van Dijk and he heads out every little thing that comes within the field. So there’s an enormous relation to personnel.
“And in case you don’t have that measurement throughout the workforce, the principle factor is making an attempt to compete as laborious as you possibly can and making it troublesome for different groups to attain.
“However there’s little doubt and I’m not making excuses as a result of we haven’t performed that properly sufficient on the pitch and that has to enhance.
“While you have a look at who you may usher in with the steadiness of the squad, within the modern-day, it’s definitely one thing to take into consideration while you’re taking a look at recruitment.”
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