Frank Lampard uses Community Shield programme to highlight Chelsea squad depth issue

Frank Lampard uses Community Shield programme to highlight Chelsea squad depth issue

Frank Lampard uses Community Shield programme to highlight Chelsea squad depth issue

Chelsea are still short in a couple of areas ahead of their Premier League title defence and should consider dipping back into the transfer market, says Frank Lampard.

"It was a odd one [to see Matic go to United]".

Despite winning the league in May, Conte has let 10 players leave his squad this summer with only Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero coming in.

"If you have such a good season as they did a year ago, as a manager and as a club you want to push on and freshen up the team, and adding to it is important". Meanwhile a host of youth players, including Ruben Loftus-Cheek, have been allowed out on loan or sold.

Speaking on BT Sport (h/t Ben Grounds of the MailOnline), Lampard was critical of Nemanja Matic's sale to Manchester United, and said the "whispers" from Stamford Bridge are "negative" at present.

'If we're talking about quality, I still think Chelsea have that quality, ' added Lampard.

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Conte has been making it clear that he wants to see more new arrivals before the window closes, particularly with the club having to deal with Champions League football this term.

'But you can see at Juventus I think he used to do the same thing, in the summer he'd push the club to buy more players to move forward.

"I think he's concerned as he's going to lose [Diego] Costa, they've lost [Nemanja] Matic".

"Maybe that would relieve Cesc to go further forward and they need cover on the wing-back roles".

"It's a lot to ask Cesc Fabregas against big teams in a hard game to patrol as one of the two, and get on the ball to affect games".

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