CHELSEA are struggling defensively due to Victor Moses’ absence, and that’s the verdict of a Chelsea great, Frank Lampard.
The Nigerian international is Antonio Conte’s first choice right-wing back at the club but the 26-year-old has been out of action for nearly three weeks since limping off in the first half of the 2-1 defeat at former club Crystal Palace.
“Moses is a miss,” Lampard said on BT Sport.
“You wouldn’t have thought of that 18 months ago with what he’s given them in the right-wing back position.
“He’s (Conte) is covering it with Azpilicueta, he’s covering it with Zappacosta but it’s affecting the whole back five.
“And I think he will want to get back to knowing what his three is and working on it through the week.
“The players are going to have to react because I don’t think Conte is a manager that will change his way. He might change players in the team but they’ll have to work.
“Hearing discontent about training, they better get used to it because he’ll want to work his way out of it.”
Conte has handed opportunities to Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta in Moses’ absence.
But Lampard says his old club suffering due to a lack of continuity, as emphasised by some naive defending in Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Roma on Tuesday.
Manchester United are the visitors to Stamford Bridge on Sunday in a massive Premier League showdown and the Nigerian will again be missing.
Moses has been left out of Nigeria’s next two games against Algeria and Argentina this month as a result of the injury. Before he was knocked out, he was at his best for country and club even though playing different positions for both teams.