Frank Lampard is delighted with the work that his Chelsea players are doing in both boxes from set-pieces.
In Saturday’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United, Thiago Silva became the Blues’s 14th player to score this season as he rose highest to meet a stunning Hakim Ziyech free-kick.
Fellow centre-back Kurt Zouma has also netted three times in the eight Premier League games this season as the Blues have become a real threat from dead-ball positions.
Last season, Lampard’s side did not cause much impact in the opposition’s box, while they were one of the worst in the league conceding at the other end.
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However, the Blues boss has been thrilled with the way that his side have worked on their big weakness and turned it around.
“It is something we have worked on,” Lampard said.
“Last year we weren’t happy that we conceded too many goals from set-pieces in games and they are a crucial part of the modern game. Teams with blocks and plans to score and to stop your scoring.
“We looked to see over the course of the off-season and the personnel certainly helped, we’re bigger and more aggressive naturally through the personnel in the team in the early part of the season.
“The lads have shown focus in the work that we want to do on the training pitch with them and we are spending enough time on that. The players have to act on that and there is a nice mentality about them about trying to be as good as we can be at that.
“It showed how important they are because it made it comfortable, even when we played well it could have been not so comfortable. So I’m very happy with the set-piece goal.”