Pre-season has been positive from a Chelsea perspective overall, with the Blues losing just one of the six games they have played. They have also recorded victories against Barcelona, RB Salzburg, Reading and St.Patrick’s Athletic.
However, questions are being asked of the defence. The Blues have conceded 10 goals, with six of those coming against the inferior opposition of Reading and Salzburg.
In their last match against Borussia Monchengladbach, the same issues occurred. Frank Lampard’s team eventually earned themselves a 2-2 draw, but not before trailing to goals from Alassane Plea and Jonas Hoffman before half-time.
As it stands, it is unclear who Lampard will choose as his first-choice centre-backs, with Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and David Luiz all in the hunt. There is a decision to make a left-back as well, and remains it unclear whether Emerson or Marcos Alonso will start at left-back on Sunday against Manchester United.
The Chelsea fans too have noticed the issues facing the back-line, and voiced their concerns following the draw with the Bundesliga outfit on Twitter:
Please fix lads pic.twitter.com/ChM1DCemY4
— lampard era (@Frankla91212771) August 3, 2019
one thing is that this team is capable of creating scoring chances but I really hope this defense won’t let us down.. I don’t know who is going to help us fix this leaky defense of ours.
— Heart of St John (@HeartofStJohn1) August 3, 2019
FIX YOUR DEFENCE
— Merg (•͡.̮ ~͡ ) (@Mergice) August 3, 2019
Lampard should fix the defense, start Kante against united
— Chukwudi Michael (@Chukwud68665944) August 3, 2019
Summary: Chelsea offense vs defense. pic.twitter.com/Cc0C6VcDNs
— The Toronto Raptors Are Your NBA CHAMPS (@TheVokality1) August 3, 2019
Another display that shows how bad our backline is. United will be fun
— Damnbamby (@damnbamby) August 3, 2019
Our defense is so porous, 8 goals in 3 games?
— Faruq (@Dejuas) August 3, 2019
Keep it going Blues. More work needed on defense
— Trixx Manaty (@trixxmanaty) August 3, 2019