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By Ryan Moran

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Frank Lampard defended his side’s defensive improvements after they were called ‘overly attacking’ by a journalist at the pre-match press conference ahead of Tottenham’s visit.

“One of the best things I’ve seen in us recently is the balance in our team so I’d like to think we are not an overly attacking team that will leave ourselves vulnerable,” he said.

The Blues do boast the most goals scored in the league but back up their manager’s claim of balance with the second-best defensive record of ten goals conceded, beaten only by Tottenham on nine.

“We have to be aware, particularly of a player the level of Harry Kane and the relationship him and Son have at the minute. You can’t look past that,” said Lampard.

Of the 21 goals Spurs have scored, Kane has 16 goal contributions while Son has been involved in 11.

The Tottenham duo have produced 29 goals combined since Son joined the North London side five years ago, a feat only beaten by Lampard and Didier Drogba with 36 goals.

Chelsea are boosted by the potential returns of Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic but the pair are unlikely to start due to lack of match fitness.

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June 2024