In the run-up to the start of the Champions League, manager Frank Lampard and captain César Azpilicueta are concerned about the many goals that Chelsea have conceded this season. ‘The Blues’ already conceded nine hits in the first five league games.
Azpilicueta backs troubled goalkeeper Kepa
“Sometimes I get the feeling that we have to score three or four times to win a game. It’s time we started working on that,” captain Azpilicueta said at Chelsea’s press conference on Tuesday before Tuesday’s home game against Sevilla.
Chelsea handed over a certain-looking victory against Southampton on Saturday, which made up for a deficit twice (3-3). At the end of September, Lampard’s team also took three hits against West Bromwich Albion (3-3). Only against Crystal Palace (4-0) was a clean sheet recently achieved in the Premier League.
“I am aware of the numbers,” said Lampard. “The other statistic is that of all the teams, only Manchester City is getting more shots on target this season than we do. That means that we take a lot of goals from relatively few chances. We try to work on that, but with a new team something like this also costs. time.”
One of the reasons for the many goals against Chelsea is goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who did not blunder against Southampton for the first time this season on Saturday. Lampard continues to support the troubled Spaniard and the same goes for captain Azpilicueta, a good friend of Kepa for years.
“I have known Kepa for a long time and I am convinced that he is doing everything he can to turn this situation around,” said the Chelsea captain. “I try to help him where I can. Now we all have to show character and work hard.”
The match between Hakim Ziyech’s Chelsea and Sevilla, where Luuk de Jong and Karim Rekik play, starts on Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Stamford Bridge. The other two teams in Group E are FC Krasnodar and Stade Rennais.
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