Sunday, January 19, 2020

Lampard: "We need attacking firepower"

Frank Lampard has said that Chelsea needs new attacking reinforcements after playing out 1-0 loss at Newcastle United.

“In attacking areas [is where we would look to strengthen], because we need to be more clinical," Lampard told reporters. “I wouldn’t say [we need] a goalscorer but we need to be more clinical in the box in terms of our front line.

"When we attack and spend a lot of time around the opposition’s box, we have chipped in with some goals from midfield and have people who can arrive from midfield, but the broader reality is that we need more goals from the front line."

Tammy Abraham failed to score at Newcastle but Lampard insisted that his 15-goal striker should take no blame for the defeat.

“It doesn’t matter what his age, Harry Kane has afternoons, [Kylian] Mbappe, so does [Lionel] Messi," Lampard added. "I think the one thing I would expect always is desire and trying in everything that he does and I think he always does that, to be fair.

"It was just a difficult afternoon. And again Newcastle absolutely get numbers in their box to defend, so to expect him to get loads of space is not right. To hope that he gives everything to try to get space, which is what he did it just didn’t quite come off, I’d say.”

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