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Can Werner play centre-back?! Defensive disaster lays bare Chelsea’s main transfer needs.

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The Blues have worked hard to bolster their attack ahead of next season, but they have issues to solve at the other end of the pitch this summer.

Ahead of the most unpredictable summer transfer window in living memory, Chelsea have done all they can to get a headstart on their rivals.

The signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, who both officially became Blues players on Wednesday, have already led some to believe that Frank Lampard’s side will challenge for the Premier League title next season.

But while the Stamford Bridge faithful have been licking their lips at the propsect of their club’s new-look forward line, Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham offered a reality check at how much more they must improve defensively to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.

Not since they were schooled by Bayern Munich in February had Lampard’s side conceded three goals in a match, and the Irons are no Bayern when it comes to attacking football.

David Moyes’ team had failed to score in each of their first two games since football returned from its coronavirus-enforced break while they remain without injured £40 million centre-forward Sebastien Haller.

At the London Stadium, though, the Blues were bullied at times, and deserved nothing from a shambolic performance at the back that casts doubt on their ability to hold onto their place in the Premier League’s top four.

West Ham’s equaliser in first-half stoppage time – a goal which came moments after Chelsea took the lead after Willian converted from the penalty spot – summed up the various issues facing Lampard as he goes about shoring up his backline.

The Blues cannot say they had not been warned about the threat of the home side from set-pieces, with Tomas Soucek having seen a goal ruled out by VAR earlier in the half after forcing the ball over the line at the back post from a corner.

Cesar Azpilicueta was clearly struggling with the task of marking the 6’4″ Czech Republic international, and the Chelsea skipper was shown up again for the goal as Soucek towered above him to head home past a stranded Kepa Arrizabalaga.

More errors followed after the break when Michail Antonio, having seemingly been pulled to the ground by Antonio Rudiger, picked himself up to ghost into the heart of the penalty area and punish a flat-footed back four and goalkeeper.

Manuel Lanzini really should have made it 3-1 when played in behind the Chelsea defence, but, to their credit, Chelsea did eventually respond to going behind.

Lampard felt his side had been “lucky” to beat Leicester City in the FA Cup on Sunday, and, just as the King Power Stadium, it required the ex-midfielder to make some substitutes to turn the game back in his side’s favour.

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The introductions of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud swung the momentum of the game back in Chelsea’s favour, and they were rewarded with an equaliser after the impressive Christian Pulisic, who earlier had won the penalty with a direct run into the box, again drew a foul from which Willian expertly curled in a 25-yard free-kick.

Read more:- https://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/can-werner-play-centre-back-defensive-disaster-chelsea/10lvnrf4iigny1affwvauovw73

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