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Frank Lampard has admitted he is looking to see defensive improvements as a result of the transfer window, with the Chelsea boss keen on Declan Rice.

We may have a very exciting attack that can create and score goals on a regular basis, but that back-line and stopper area of the pitch looks very dodgy and cost us alot of points in the Premier League.

Our defensive issues were the main reason why they failed to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup at the weekend, and now that the transfer window is opened up, Lampard has admitted that he is keen to improve the defensive side of the squad.

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is a player that has been heavily linked with a move to the Bridge, especially as he is eager to make that step up in the game and avoid another relegation battle next season with the Hammers.

Lampard told GOAL: “The numbers don’t lie. We are trying to play a certain way. I know that teams at the top of the game, Liverpool and Manchester City, have been through similar. I’m not saying we are going to get to that level, but similar periods in the early stages of their managers being at the club a few years ago.

“We are conceding too much; it is a work in progress for me. I can’t shelve it in another direction. We have to work defensively as a group. But some of the individual errors we are making, clear individual errors, some today clearly cost us goals, can’t be there if we want to keep moving forward.

“We have to work as a group to make that better. That is clear; we are not hiding from that. We have come fourth, we’ve had a good season. There are areas to improve and defensively we have to improve.”

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