Chelsea legend admits Conte has serious issues to address

Date published: Friday 11th August 2017 2:20

Antonio Conte: Has turned Chelsea into winners

Frank Lampard has stated that Chelsea require a ‘plan B’ to retain their Premier League title and believes Antonio Conte has some work to do in the transfer market this summer.

It is no secret that Chelsea have had a torrid time in this summer’s transfer market and the Blues boss will hope to add to his squad before the window shuts on August 31.

Chelsea will begin the season without two players integral to their Premier League winning squad of 2017 – Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa. Earlier this month, Chelsea gifted Matic to rivals Manchester United for £40million, while last season’s top scorer Diego Costa is currently in limbo at Stamford Bridge having been exiled by the Italian boss.

And Lampard, speaking to The Sport Review, is not convinced that the Chelsea squad, at present, will be able to fight on four fronts domestically and in Europe.

“They’ve (Chelsea) lost players – Costa seemingly and Nemanja Matic, an important player – and now they’ve got to fight for the Champions League as well as the Premier League,” Lampard said.

“I think they’ve probably got to add to the squad even more and I think that’s what Chelsea fans will be waiting for.”

Lampard sees replacing Diego Costa’s goals as the main problem that Conte will face this year. The Chelsea legend believes that this is where Chelsea fall short of their competitors. He suggests that they should acquire a ‘plan B’ to give them ‘something slightly different’ and more of an attacking edge.

“You look around at the top teams and they have lots of options going forward and now Chelsea maybe could do with someone a bit different.

“I don’t like the term ‘plan B’ but someone who offers something slightly different up front, to play alongside Morata or to rotate with the forwards and Michy Batshuayi.”

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