Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has demanded time for his new team to gel together.
“I keep talking about the need for work and how things take time,” Lampard said. “We’re playing with new players coming into the squad and it’s understandable at this stage of the season where there are moments in games when I talk about game management and the need to go longer, mix our game up.
“It’s something that obviously has to be worked on with time. Things like Southampton at the weekend are a lesson to be learnt in real-time.
“We don’t have so much time with the players so far this season and that will come. We need to make sure the lessons are learnt quickly and the players are very aware of that. ”
“In terms of the goals conceded, I am aware of the stats. The other stat is that since I’ve been here, we’ve conceded the second least shots in the Premier League behind Man City,” Lampard said.
“It helps sometimes to narrow down the issues. The issues are that we don’t concede many shots on goal but when we do, we concede goals.
“It’s something we’re aware of. We’re aware of it when we look at recruitment and more than that you’re aware of the need to work on the pitch with the players to ensure that when we hopefully set up well we don’t concede many chances but, when we do concede chances, we let in too many.
“It’s something we work on specifically. Of course, we want to concede less goals, as do all the teams at the moment. There are teams that are conceding a lot of goals in the Premier League and we’re all in a similar position to a degree at the moment. It’ll always be something we work on as much as we do our attacking play.”