Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has offered an explanation as to why his side have conceded so many goals this season.
The Blues, like the Premier League as a whole, have seen plenty of goals in their matches this season.
The 3-3 draw against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday made it nine goals conceded in five games this term. And Lampard is well aware that their current conceding rate of 1.8 goals per game is a lot higher that last season’s rate of 1.42.
It’s an issue Lampard is keen to resolve and on Monday he was asked at his pre-match Sevilla news conference whether he had an explanation.
Asked why there have been so many goals, he said: “My own feeling from ourselves is that there has been a lack of preparation from us.
“There’s an element of that for everyone. But we have to worry about ourselves.
Asked when he knew he would be satisfied, he said: “I’m not sure ever satisfied. That would be start of my downfall.
“I talk about the need to work and improve daily. Those are the rules of football. Maybe that’s a factor in the results we’re seeing. We’ve to concern ourselves less with that. We have to carry on working.”
The Blues boss was also asked whether playing behind closed doors had blurred fine margins between teams.
“With lack of fans, I can’t give you an answer on that. Something has changed with goals, there are contributing factors,” added Lampard.
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Lampard, whose men face Sevilla in the Champions League opener on Tuesday, also said it will take time for his players to fully adopt to his style.
The Blues are just one of numerous sides who are looking to play out from the back this season, regardless of the pressure against them.
“I keep talking about the need for work and how things can take time. We’re playing with new players and it’s understandable to have moments where I talk about game management,” said Lampard.
“It has to be worked on with time. It’s a lesson to be learnt in time. I’m aware of the stats and the other stat is we’ve conceded second least shots.
“It helps to narrow down the issue. It’s something we’re aware of when we do our recruitment and on the pitch with the players to make sure we set up well. We want to concede less, as do all teams at the moment.”