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Frank Lampard's Chelsea may be one of the best at restricting opposition shots, but they are the worst in the Premier League when it comes to making glaring errors that lead to goals.

Under-fire keeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, is the principal offender, but he is not the only one to blame in the Blues line-up.

Since the beginning of last season, players from all departments in the team have chipped in with mistakes that ultimately gifted their opponents a goal.

Lampard has come in for criticism over his side's defensive record after shipping nine goals in the Premier League this season and 63 in 43 games since he took over at Stamford Bridge. And during that period Opta analysts estimate that, based on the number and quality of shots, the Blues should have expect to let in just 45.

Frank Lampard says he is working hard on defence but Chelsea still concede too many goals

Frank Lampard says he is working hard on defence but Chelsea still concede too many goals

Lampard pointed out ahead of tonight's crucial Champions League tie against Sevilla, that he, the staff and players are working hard defensively and, in fact, only Manchester City have conceded fewer shots since the beginning of last season - facing a total of 320, compared with Chelsea who have faced 379.

It is a useful observation and an impressive performance, but the truth is that for all Chelsea's good work it is being undone by moments of madness.

It must be incredibly frustrating for Lampard, who spoke about the issue in a press conference yesterday.

'The issues are that we don't concede too many shots on goal, but when we do, we concede goals,' Lampard lamented. 'It’s something we are aware of; we were aware when you look at our recruitment. '

Kepa (C) has made more errors leading to goals than any Premier League player this season

Kepa (C) has made more errors leading to goals than any Premier League player this season

Errors Leading to Goals

Chelsea Errors Leading to Goals This Season

Kepa Arrizabalaga 3

Kai Havertz 1

Thiago Silva 1

 

Chelsea Errors Leading to Goals From Aug 2019

Kepa Arrizabalaga 3

N'Golo Kante 2

Kai Havertz 1

Thiago Silva 1

Antonio Rudiger 1

 

Premier League Errors Leading to Goals From Aug 2019

Jordan Pickford 5

Martin Dubravka 5

Ederson 4

Jan Bednarek 3

Lukasz Fabianski 3

Alex McCarthy 3

David de Gea 3

Adrian 3

Kepa Arrizabalaga 3

Source: Opta  

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That recruitment includes £22m for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes as a replacement for the £72m Kepa, who came from Atletico Bilbao at the beginning of last season.

It also includes the acquisition of the experienced Brazilian defender Thiago Silva on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

And crucially the recruitment of a respected defensive coach, Anthony Barry, from Wigan this summer, who reportedly was on the same coaching courses as Lampard.

However, this season, Chelsea top the league for errors leading to goals with five, second are Liverpool with three.

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