Ahead of the most unpredictable summer transfer window in living memory, Chelsea have done all they can to get a headstart on their rivals.

The signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, who both officially became Blues players on Wednesday, have already led some to believe that Frank Lampard’s side will challenge for the Premier League title next season.

But while the Stamford Bridge faithful have been licking their lips at the propsect of their club’s new-look forward line, Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham offered a reality check at how much more they must improve defensively to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.

Not since they were schooled by Bayern Munich in February had Lampard’s side conceded three goals in a match, and the Irons are no Bayern when it comes to attacking football.

David Moyes’ team had failed to score in each of their first two games since football returned from its coronavirus-enforced break while they remain without injured £40 million centre-forward Sebastien Haller.

At the London Stadium, though, the Blues were bullied at times, and deserved nothing from a shambolic performance at the back that casts doubt on their ability to hold onto their place in the Premier League’s top four.    Continue reading

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