Chelsea’s frontline is the least of Frank Lampard’s worries as the head coach seeks to find the right balance between defence and attack following a second straight scoreless draw away to Manchester United on Saturday.
While Lampard’s team had started the campaign scoring freely and leaking too many soft goals, that has flipped 180 degrees in the past two games with Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy shoring up the backline and Timo Werner and Kai Havertz yet to find consistency up front.
Lampard reiterated that it will take time for Chelsea’s new attack to gel fully but said that he was “very happy” with Werner and Havertz, who cost about £120million combined in the summer transfer window.
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“If you go back to the game before last and Timo scored two goals, Kai Havertz scored a goal. I’m least worried about the front end of the pitch and the players that we have there. It’s normal it will take some time for relationships.
“When we want to play it in behind, when we want the ball to feet – all these things, it takes time.
“I’ve no worries about that. The last bit didn’t happen for us today but it is normal it happens in football. I’m very happy.”
Lampard could make some changes for Wednesday’s game away to Krasnodar, with Mason Mount in line to return having come off the bench against United.
Hakim Ziyech could also get extended minutes against the Russian side as he tries to find fitness.
Kepa and Billy Gilmour are the only injury concerns post-Old Trafford.