CHELSEA are struggling defensively due to Victor Moses‘ absence according to 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 of thought 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 yesterday.
The west London club do not have a great deal of time to put things right at the back however.
Manchester United are the visitors to Stamford Bridge on Sunday (16.30) in a massive Premier League showdown.
Transfer news: Chelsea and Arsenal tracking former Liverpool keeper Peter Gulacsi
CHELSEA and Arsenal could be set to go head-to-head for the signature of Peter Gulacsi.
The 27-year-old spent six years on-and-off at Liverpool after joining the club originally on loan in 2007.
He never made an appearance for the first team and was mainly loaned out during his stay on Merseyside.
And Red Bull Salzburg snapped him up in 2013 where he was part of the double winning team in his two seasons before joining their German counterparts, RB Leipzig, in 2015.
And his performances for the Bundesliga side have attracted interest from the Premier League.
ESPN claim both Arsenal and Chelsea recently sent scouts to watch the goalkeeper in action for Leipzig in their 2-0 defeat by Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Arsenal have begun their search for Petr Cech’s successor with the four-time Premier League winner approaching the end of his career.
Cech has just 18 months remaining on his contract at Arsenal and there have not been any talks as of yet about an extension.
Chelsea meanwhile are fearful of losing Thibaut Courtois as he is yet to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
Courtois attracted a lot of interest from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
Gulasci has been in impressive form, keeping three clean sheets in all competitions.
And his long spell at Liverpool, meaning he would qualify as a home-grown player, would prove an attractive proposition for both Chelsea and Arsenal.