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Sport Frank Lampard says 'relationships are forming' in his new-look attack

19:46  28 october  2020
19:46  28 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is not concerned by the lack of goals from his new-look attack as he insists 'relationships are forming'.

The Blues have failed to score in their last two matches - a 0-0 draw at home to Sevilla and a goalless stalemate at Old Trafford - with summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz on the pitch.

Lampard splashed out more than £200million on new recruits this summer, including £53m on striker Werner and £89m on playmaker Havertz.

Werner has notched two Premier League goals while Havertz has one to his name but the latter is yet to really find his rhythm in the Chelsea attack.

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Lampard now has multiple options at his disposal and there is much debate on Havertz's best position in the Blues' frontline.

As well as the summer additions, the Blues boss has Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud as well as new boy Hakim Ziyech in his ranks.

All the focus had been on the Blues' leaky defence prior to the goals drying up but Lampard has plenty of faith in his attacking stars.

'I'm not concerned about the goals, we scored a lot of goals going into those two games,' Lampard said ahead of their second Champions League group game against Krasnodar on Wednesday night.

'The bonus or plus side of the clean sheets is something we're really pleased with. We've seen people get fit and get into the team and make us better naturally.

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'The concentration and organisation levels in those two games have been high.

'With the attacking side in those two games, it's the side of our game I'm least concerned about because I know our individual talent and we're forming relationships in those higher areas.

'Those two games were ones where we should be pleased with our organisation and look forward because I know there's always going to be goals in this team.'

With some many new faces it's no secret that Lampard and his squad need time to gel and find the right formula.

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The Chelsea boss, who guided the Blues to fourth in his first season at the helm, believes his side will develop into contenders this season but is aware that his revamped team don't have as much 'energy' as last campaign.

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'We will improve and the league is still very close but now our focus is on the Champions League, so I'm happy but we can improve,' he added.

'We played well in patches against Crystal Palace, we played very well against Southampton for 40 minutes. But playing well for less than 90 minutes or big periods in games doesn't win you matches in the Premier League because of the strength of everybody around you.

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'There have been parts of games I've been happy with but we're striving in real time, in game, for improvement all the time.

'We can't train at the level we would like to and the big thing I liked about our team last season was the energy and we're trying to get to those levels but it's taking a little bit of time.

'But you can see a lot of teams are struggling with similar things, to get to their best.

'We're very aware of where we're at, the league is very close, and we have to remain confident and work on ourselves.'

Chelsea, who could end the day top of Champions League Group E if they overcome their Russian opponents, are currently in 10th place in the Premier League after six matches.

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