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Chelsea chiefs are concerned about the leaky defence Frank Lampard has on his hands.

Chelsea have made their worst start to a league season in the Roman Abramovich era but you would not guess it judging by the atmosphere around Stamford Bridge.

Club legend Lampard is at the helm and has reconnected supporters with the team after two boring seasons under Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.

A FIFA transfer ban has given Lampard carte blanche to field some of the finest products from Chelsea’s vibrant youth academy, who have firmly taken hold of the opportunity.

Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all been early-season sensations with Callum Hudson-Odoi also recently returning from injury.

Chelsea sit fifth in the Premier League table after four wins, two draws and two losses and all was left rosy heading into the international break.

There is one boardroom concern about the Chelsea team, though, according to The Athletic.

Stamford Bridge chiefs believe there have been too many defensive lapses this season.

Kurt Zouma clumsily gave away the penalty which triggered the opening weekend rout at Manchester United and also scored an own goal at home to gift Sheffield United a draw.

Right-back Cesar Azpilicueta has also been widely criticised for his performances this term with the Blues conceding the fourth-most goals in the league (14).

There is hope the backline will improve with full-back Reece James emerging and Antonio Rudiger battling to get back from injury, while left-back Emerson is also expected back from the treatment room come the end of the month.

Bar the shaky defence, Chelsea chiefs feel the club are ahead of schedule and are impressed by the quality of football.

Lampard is pleased with his side’s progress but kept his feet firmly on the ground following the Blues’ 4-1 win at Southampton before the international break.

“There will be a lot of weeks where I’ll say: ‘The boys at the back have been brilliant.’ And they have recently,” Lampard said.

“But you can’t afford to give away [chances in] little moments. And that’s important for all of us.

“We’re nowhere near the finished article. At the minute, the benchmark is Liverpool and [Manchester] City, so we need to cut out those little bits.”

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