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Are Chelsea focusing too much on strengthening their attack?

It's clear that Chelsea might score a ton of goals next season, but without having the foundation at the back, the chances of success are minimal

16/07/2020

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Chelsea's attack looks impressive

After spending a season with the transfer ban, Chelsea have been very efficient in the transfer market since. The announcement of signing Ziyech from Ajax was followed by the confirmation of T. Werner from RB Leipzig as a Chelsea player. It is a sign of intent from Chelsea as they look to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City the next season. 

There is no doubt in the quality of those players to bolster their attack. Chelsea fans are already going crazy imagining a front three of C. Pulisic, Werner, and Ziyech with C. Hudson-Odoi, K. Bakumo-Abraham, and O. Giroud all providing reliable back-up to F. Lampard.

Without a strong defence will Chelsea not rule the World

The question continually being asked by pundits is: When will Frank look in the Market for a genuine World Class center-half? Chelsea defensively have been all over the place this season. They have conceded an awful 49 goals with 12 (4th most in the league) of those coming from set-pieces. Defense, in general, has been Chelsea's Achilles' heel this season, and oppositions have taken full advantage of an unsettled backline. 

Frank, all-season, has kept changing his defense with only C. Azpilicueta Tanco being a constant presence. Meanwhile, the player from Spain has featured in 3 different positions, which shows the lack of consistency in Chelsea's backline. Young F. Tomori shows good potential but is still not ready with K. Zouma and A. Christensen showing a lack of flexibility. A. Rüdiger looks their best defender at the club. Even though he has gone through a tricky spell lately, he is expected to play a part in Frank Lampard's plans. 

Attack and Midfield look settled now. However the lack of defensive quality might cost Chelsea massively not just in the Premier League but also in the international games. Defense seems to be a significant weakness in this side. Many top-quality center-halves are available around Europe, with the apparent names of K. Koulibaly from Napoli and M. Škriniar from Inter coming to mind. It's clear that Chelsea might score a ton of goals next season, but without having the foundation at the back, the chances of success are minimal.