Frank Lampard has revealed Chelsea may strengthen their defensive end ahead of the next season.
Chelsea were overpowered by West Ham at set-pieces in their last match and the Blues boss thinks his side are lacking physicality at the backline as they are missing out the same quality players such as John Terry and Gary Cahill.
Lampard was critical of his players after the loss in the London derby, however, he appears confident he has found the main issue in the backline.
‘We’ve looked at set pieces this season,’ he said.
‘When we came into the club we looked at the stats from last season. ‘Last season we were bottom of the league defending set plays, in terms of teams getting big chances against us, and second bottom in attacking. ‘We haven’t improved much this year”
‘I really don’t like to talk about my own playing days but we didn’t work much at all on set pieces and there were a few reasons, mainly John Terry, Gary Cahill, Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and [Branislav] Ivanovic.
‘You’d stick it in an area and they would defend it or score goals.
‘With Liverpool, I remember a lot of talk about them and set pieces a few seasons ago. They were zonal and conceding a lot.
‘They signed Virgil van Dijk and he heads out everything. There’s a huge relation to personnel and if you don’t have that size, the main thing is trying to compete as hard as you can and making it difficult for other teams to score.
‘But I’m not making excuses because we haven’t done that well enough and that has to improve.
‘When you look at who you might bring in with the balance of the squad it is certainly something to take into account.’
The West London club have the chance to bounce straight back from the defeat to the Hammers with another London match against Watford on Saturday evening.