Frank Lampard names one area where Chelsea must improve fast ahead of Real Madrid clash

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Chelsea interim manager Frank Lampard has named one area where Chelsea must improve fast ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

“To be a top team or to have ambitions to be a top team there’s no doubt that you need to be towards the top of the physical numbers in the league and we have to aspire to do that. That’s an individual thing and a collective thing,” Lampard said.

“A collective strong group only comes through the individuals within it. That’s been the history of this club for 20 years.

“For whatever reason there can probably be some mitigating factors at the moment with some of the change but it can’t be an excuse, it just has to be a factor to fight through to get to where you want to be.

“I’m not going to dress today’s performance up and I don’t think the players would want me to. I can see that there’s talent in this group, but this is the Premier League so you have to have the extra bits but we were short of those today.”