By Chukwuka Joseph (AGENDWATCHDOG) – Chelsea have conceded a quarter of their Premier League goals from set pieces this season — among the three worst records in the division. Nine of these goals have come from corners, at an average of a goal for every 12 corners conceded.
‘I really don’t like to talk about my own playing days,’ said Lampard. ‘But we didn’t work much on set pieces and there were a few reasons, mainly John Terry, Gary Cahill, Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Branislav Ivanovic. You would stick it in an area and they would defend it or score goals.
‘Similarly 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 everything that comes in the box.
‘So there’s a huge relation to personnel and if you don’t have that size across the team, the main thing is trying to compete as hard as you can and making it difficult for other teams to score.’
Chelsea have signed forwards Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for next season and are in pursuit of Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverksuen and Ben Chilwell of Leicester.
They are also still trying to agree a deal with in-form Willian, who is out of contract next month.