Liverpool hero Steve Nicol has revealed Frank Lampard’s ‘biggest problem’ at Chelsea after the Blues tightened their grip on the top-four with victory over Aston Villa.
Lampard’s side came from behind to beat relegation-battlers Villa 2-1 on Sunday and move five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United in the Premier League.
Villa’s Kortney Hause put the hosts in front on the stroke of half-time but two quickfire goals from Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud after the break saw Chelsea produce an impressive turnaround.
Former Liverpool and Scotland star Nicol was impressed by Chelsea’s attacking threat during their win over Villa but said Lampard’s ‘biggest problem’ was the vulnerability of his defence.
‘Chelsea’s biggest problem is not going forward, it’s defensively,’ he told ESPN FC.
‘They are going to create chances and put teams under pressure all day long, every time they step onto the field, regardless of the opposition.
‘But I tell you what, they give me a heart attack at the back. They go a goal down and there was three Aston Villa players who could have put the ball in the net.
‘Then they go ahead but then the mistakes… Rudiger is so lucky when he tries to play a back-pass and completely misses it.
‘Villa could have equalised later on when Christensen makes a mess of a simple clearance.
‘They will create chances, no question, but they have to do something defensively.’
Lampard also urged his Chelsea team to improve after the Aston Villa victory but instead focused on their wastefulness in the final third and said his forwards needed to be more ‘clinical’.
The Blues boss said: ‘I was frustrated at half-time, without a doubt. I was worried that it gave them an opportunity to be solid against us and to break on us.
‘We had to keep doing well what we did in the first half. To keep doing it, not to get bored. We had to keep going down the sides.
‘We got down the right hand side a lot in the game and eventually we got a goal from it. We expected that [to dominate the game], with the greatest respect to Villa.
‘The way we’ve been training, the way we move the ball the things we try to do to get to the 18-yard box we did pretty well but sometimes there’s little areas around the edge of the box where we can do better.
‘Hopefully that will improve, but that’s been the story of our season. It was nothing new today to play well, concede and have to fight our way to victory.
‘We haven’t always got victory and that’s the next stage for us, to try and be more clinical for the moments when we’re on top.’
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