Timo Werner says Chelsea should forget about their hopes of winning silverware until they resolve their concerning defensive issues.
Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Southampton was the Blues’ second such result in three Premier League games.
But while Chelsea recovered from three goals down against West Brom, they twice squandered a lead to the Saints.
Nevertheless, Werner feels the two results show his side still have the same defensive issues last season – issues that see the Blues as the third favourites for the PL title according to bookmaker NetBet Sport.
“I think we are Chelsea, we want to battle for titles. In the end think it’s not the offence that wins titles. In Germany we always say defence wins titles. I think that’s true.
“When we concede so many goals in every game then it’s hard to win games but in the end also to win titles.
“I think we have to work in it because six goals in three games is too much. I think we have to be better in this.”
Lampard, however, was unable to field two of his three new defensive signings at Stamford Bridge.
While Ben Chilwell played, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s thigh injury kept him out while Thiago Silva was also unfit.
As such, Kepa Arrizabalaga filled in between the sticks, with Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen in defence.
Chelsea throw away two leads
Chelsea led 2-0 through Werner’s brace, before Danny Ings pulled one back for Southampton. Che Adams then levelled the scores after half-time before Kai Havertz put the hosts back in front.
But right at the death, centre-back Jannik Vestergaard glanced home Theo Walcott’s effort to make it 3-3.
Boss Lampard, though, claimed that it was his side’s best performance of the season so far.