Chelsea will need Antonio Rudiger back quickly for Frank Lampard’s tenure to improve

Chelsea’s Premier League season got off to the worst possible start under Frank Lampard as the Blues suffered a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester United.

The Blues were terrible defensively as they conceded a penalty in the first half before then allowing United to score some quick-fire strikes in the second.

But what must they do in order to assure things don’t go from bad to worse?

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One of Chelsea’s worst performers was Kurt Zouma. After suffering a horrendous knee injury he then played last season out on loan at Everton.

However, upon his return to Stamford Bridge, he put in an extremely poor showing.

He looked out of his depth, performing a clumsy challenge which saw Chelsea give away a penalty. Marcus Rashford consequently scored before Zouma was then shown a yellow card later in the first half too.

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The 24-year-old’s display saw him concede two fouls whilst he failed to make a single successful tackle throughout the entirety of the first half.

And with that in mind, Chelsea will need Antonio Rudiger back as soon as possible.

He has been out since April through injury but the 26-year-old is now back in training and could have been available for this match.

His fitness, however, can’t have been good enough as he was left out for the defeat.

Yet, Lampard will need Rudiger fit and firing if Chelsea are to improve. Going forward, they had their moments and hit the woodwork twice against United.

We know how good Chelsea can be going forward but this display will raise question marks over their defence, particularly after selling David Luiz.

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Zouma showed he wasn’t good enough and after returning to a team with far greater expectations than Everton, he may need a period to adapt once again.

Rudiger may have been injured for a while but he will surely be a better bet than Zouma once he returns.

After all, he is a player who completed 91.5% of his passes last term whilst also winning 2.5 aerial duels per game.

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