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Frank Lampard opens up on what forced him to tighten Chelsea up at the back

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed the moment from last season that forced him to make defensive transfers.

The Blues boss spent £200m on new talent, brining in stars such as Bundesliga top-scorer Timo Werner and £72m man Kai Havertz.

But the majority of spending came at the back, with Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy all arriving at Stamford Bridge.

With Chelsea finishing 33 points behind Premier League champions Liverpool last year, only Tottenham have let more goals in than them so far this season.

And the Blues manager has picked out the moment that made him decide to spend big at the back.

Frank Lampard has revealed the moment that made him decide to spend big on solidifying Chelsea’s defence
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Speaking about his defensive purchases to The Athletic , Lampard said: “It was hugely important.

“It was the thing I took away from last season. There were a lot of plusses. I was happy with Champions League qualification.

“Losing the FA Cup final was a bitter taste at the end, but it was the goals conceded we needed to look at.

“Actually, it was both boxes; we created a lot and weren’t clinical enough. You can’t win anything like that.

The Blues boss said the FA Cup final loss to London rivals Arsenal was a ‘bitter taste’ but showed they ‘needed to look at’ their rate of conceding goals
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“We weren’t protecting the zone between the posts — where you would have scored a lot of your goals. We’ve worked hard on that.”

Chelsea lost out to London rivals Arsenal in the cup competition, conceding the lead to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace either side of half time.

Lampard went on to say that be believes Chelsea “look more balanced and the relationships on the pitch look better” as the new players are bedding in.

It saw the club sign Thiago Silva, Ben…

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