Chelsea’s place inside the Premier League’s top four is now massively in the balance after their 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Monday night.
The Blues host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon, and a defeat for Frank Lampard’s side would see them be leapfrogged by Jose Mourinho’s team.
The winter break has not fixed a lot of the problems facing the Blues this season, and they have now suffered nine Premier League defeats, the most out of the top eight.
It’s a huge game on Saturday, the Blues needing to get back to winning ways. But what are the issues that Lampard is going to have to fix in training this week?
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Sorting the set pieces issue
It seems like all season that Chelsea have looked suspect from set pieces, and again it came back to haunt them against Manchester United
Antonio Rudiger was caught flat footed from a corner to leave Harry Maguire able to head home.
Every time the ball has come into the box from the air, the Blues have looked likely to concede and it really needs to change.
Spurs might not have the massive aerial threat, however Chelsea really need to start looking more solid.
The Giroud vs Batshuayi debate
Michy Batshuayi has been the back-up striker all season, however when he got his chance against Manchester United he fluffed his chance.
Olivier Giroud linked well and found the back of the net, but was just offside in a big blow to Chelsea getting back in the game.
Lampard now has a massive decision to make if Tammy Abraham is not fit. Whether he sticks with Batshuayi or goes with Giroud from the start.
It points towards the World Cup winner starting the game, and Lampard would need a big performance from the Frenchman.
Start creating big chances
Against United, Chelsea had 17 shots, with only one on target. Those are stats are…