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Chelsea tipped to make two key signings to solve defensive woes

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Chelsea have suffered from a lack of defensive solidity this season

Speaking on Sky Sports News (h/t Express), former West Ham United striker Dean Ashton has claimed that Chelsea will make two key defensive signings this summer to bolster their backline.

The Blues have been left to rue their defensive frailties numerous times this season. In fact, no other team in the top ten has conceded more goals than Frank Lampard’s leaky Blues.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we were to see a couple of signings in terms of strengthening that defence.”

Dean Ashton has backed Chelsea to sign atleast two defensive reinforcements
Dean Ashton has backed Chelsea to sign atleast two defensive reinforcements

Chelsea have acted proactively in their efforts to strengthen their attack. Both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have made their way to Stamford Bridge in deals that have caught our rivals by surprise.

Kai Havertz too looks set to follow suit as the Blues look to work out a deal with Bayer Leverkusen.

Strengthening upfront hardly disguises the porosity at the back. Of the back five, only captain Cesar Azpilicueta can claim to have shown some about of solidity.

The Chelsea defense's frailties were laid bare at Anfield
The Chelsea defense’s frailties were laid bare at Anfield

The Spaniard will turn 31 next month and the Blues will sooner or later have to look for a replacement. The more pressing matters right now depend on the other four.

Kepa Arrizabalaga fails to inspire confidence while both of our left-backs look set to leave. Both Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma too have struggled with Andreas Christensen faring no better.

Ashton believes Lampard will not hesitate to ring in the changes if possible. (h/t Express)

“If you don’t feel they’re right and you feel you can go out and get better, I think he will be quite cut throat in that sense.”

Lampard will not have been happy with his side’s performance at Liverpool. Conceding five goals to the team you look to challenge shows we have some way to go before aiming for the title.

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The Blues have shown plenty of promise this season. But ignoring our defence will see us wield a formidable sword with no shield to parry off attacks.

Having a balanced team necessitates the need to over-rely on one aspect of the system. Lampard will do well to invest in the defence as well. If not, that result at Anfield should remind him so.

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Chelsea stars unhappy with Lampard and blame him for this key issue at the club

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Chelsea unhappy with Frank Lampard’s training methods

According to Football Insider (h/t Express), Chelsea players are unhappy over Frank Lampard’s intense training methods.

Both Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic were taken off with injured hamstrings in the FA Cup final at Wembley. A number of Blues stars blame Lampard for the occurrence.

Spanish winger Pedro also dislocated his shoulder in the dying minutes as Chelsea succumbed to a defeat. With him set to leave the club this summer, he may have played his last game for the Blues.

Chelsea players are unhappy over Frank Lampard's intensive training methods
A number of Chelsea players have faced injury issues of late

The trio joins Billy Gilmour on the sidelines. N’Golo Kante was also absent for the better part of June with a hamstring injury. He was only fit enough to make the bench for the FA Cup final.

Willian too has missed the last two games with an injury. The Brazilian too appears to be on his way out after rejecting the club’s latest contract offer.

According to the report, multiple senior players believe Lampard and his coaching staff have worked for the squad too hard. They believe the intense training regime has potentially contributed to the injury crisis.

Christian Pulisic was among thsoe who injured himself in the FA Cup final
Christian Pulisic was among thsoe who injured himself in the FA Cup final

Players remain unconvinced by the club’s injury prevention methods and believe fatigue remains a major concern.

The Blues have played 12 games in the past one month. It will soon become 13 when the Blues take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Saturday.

With a 3-0 deficit to overcome, the game isn’t going to be an easy one. This will give Chelsea 35 days to recover ahead of the 2020-21 season that begins on September 12.

Frank Lampard is unhappy with next season starting too early
Frank Lampard is unhappy with next season starting too early

Despite this exceeding the 30-day minimum time agreed between the Premier League and the clubs, Lampard believes it is not enough.

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With the European Championships set to take place next summer, some Chelsea players are looking at months of continuous football.

Lampard will have to do his best to ensure his squad is well managed to tide through the storm.

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Boost for Chelsea as impressive PL star is available in a cut-price £30m deal

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Chelsea could sign Wilfried Zaha for £30m

According to the Sun, Chelsea could sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in a cut-price deal worth £30m.

The 27-year-old is keen to move and Palace are ready to sell. If it happens, it will be the second time that they would have sold the flying winger.

Palace’s star man, Zaha had attracted attention from Arsenal and Everton last summer. The Eagles, however, held firm, ensuring their ace stayed put at Selhurst Park.

Previously valued at £70m, Zaha could now leave for less than half of that amount this summer.

Chelsea could sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha for a cut-price deal worth £30m
Chelsea could sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha (Image Credits: Getty Images)

Zaha is Palace’s highest earner. He is on £130,000 a week and is under contract at the club until 2023. Those two factors, plus the fact he will turn 28 in November, are seen as turn-offs for potential admirers.

The Ivory Coast international has endured a difficult season this time around. He failed to hit his usual heights and scored just four goals and five assists in 39 games.

Zaha is keen to move to a bigger club. The winger endured a difficult spell at United, who he joined in 2013. He would eventually return to Palace and rebuild his reputation as one of the best wide-men in the league.

Willian and Pedro look set the leave the club this summer
Willian and Pedro are out of contract at the end of the season

Ironically, United are another side who have been reported to be interested in the player’s services. Nearing his thirties, the 27-year-old could yet have another opportunity to make it big.

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Chelsea are set to lose Pedro and potentially Willian in the coming days With both wingers leaving, the Blues will need to bring in a player or two to compensate for the loss.

Zaha is a proven player with experience in the Premier League. At that price, he could prove to be am excellent option for Frank Lampard.

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“A very dangerous player”- Key attacking star gives his verdict on Chelsea new boy after training

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Christian Pulisic impressed by new signing Timo Werner

According to the club’s official site (h/t Metro), Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has been left impressed by new signing Timo Werner.

The German ace became Chelsea’s second high-profile signing of the summer following the capture of Hakim Ziyech. The 24-year-old joins the club having scored an impressive 34 goals and 13 assists in 45 games last season.

The Chelsea attack has looked far too one dimensional at times. Often it has fallen to Pulisic to open the door to the opposition goal. With Werner now alongside him, the task should get easier next season.

Werner has been training for Chelsea since last week. It appears that his performances have left a good impression on Pulisic.

Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has been left impressed by new signing Timo Werner
Pulisic has been Chelsea’s best player since the restart

Labelling him a dangerous player, Pulisic believes Werner is pacy and has a keen eye for goal.

“He’s a very dangerous player.”

Pulisic believes Werner is a player with similar traits to himself and also other attackers. It should bode well when it comes to connecting with each other on the pitch.

The American has enjoyed playing alongside Werner and cannot wait to line up alongside him on the field.

Werner is now training with the Chelsea squad
Werner is now training with the Chelsea squad (Image Credits: Getty Images)

“Playing against him has been a great experience and it’s going to be nice to have him on my team as well. So I’m definitely looking forward to that.”

Pulisic also labelled the German a very humble person who is eager to come in for work. It is important that players have the right attitude off the field. That appears to be the case with Werner.

The striker could only watch on as his teammates struggled to break down Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Pulisic was on the scoresheet that night and was by far our best player.

Pulisic went off injured in the FA Cup final
Pulisic went off injured in the FA Cup final

With them set to combine next summer, fireworks could be on the cards.

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Chelsea return to Champions League action against Bayern Munich on Saturday. Down 3-0 from the first leg, the Blues will have to play out of their skins to overcome the Bundesliga champions.

Pulisic who went off with an injury against Arsenal, will not be involved.

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Veteran Chelsea star set to leave the club without facing Bayern after season-ending injury

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Willian and Pedro look set the leave the club this summer

Pedro will not feature against Bayern Munich after undergoing surgery

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea winger Pedro has undergone surgery on his shoulder after dislocating it in the FA Cup final against Arsenal.

This rules him out of the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich. With him set to move to Roma in the summer, he has now played his last game for the club.

It will bring a glorious five-year spell at Stamford Bridge to an end. During this time, he has made 206 appearances, scoring 43 goals and 28 assists.

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The player took to Instagram to confirm that the surgery went well. He regrets not being able to win the FA Cup and thanked the fans for their wishes.

A versatile player who can play anywhere along the frontline, Pedro has been an effective player for the Blues. His pace combined with his eye for goal have been the traits that have seen him score a number of important goals.

He played a key role in Chelsea’s Premier League win in 2017, FA cup win in 2018, and the Europa League victory in 2019. Unfortunately, we fell short this season and the Spaniard could not leave the club on a high.

Pedro will not play for Chelsea again after undergoing a shoulder surgery
Pedro will not play for Chelsea again after undergoing a shoulder surgery

With Frank Lampard ushering in a new era, Pedro is one of the players who will be making way. Lampard paid tribute to the World Cup winner after the 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He praised the player’s impact at the club and wished him luck for his future endeavours. His journey at Chelsea may be over but his footballing career still has some way to go.

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Brazilian winger Willian could also join Pedro in leaving the club as a free agent. The 31-year-old rejected Chelsea’s latest offer of a two-year deal amidst reports linking him to Arsenal.

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