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We’ve hit the international break now, and among Chelsea fans the overwhelming sentiment seems to be “a good start, and we can get a lot better.”

Their reasoning is that the return of a slew of players from injury over the next couple of weeks will be a huge boost to Frank Lampard – and there’s no doubt that’s a strong possibility.

We’ve been fine in attack, it’s at the back we’ve been lacking, and all attention is on Antonio Rudiger’s fitness as he returns from a knee problem that ruled him out at the end of last season.

While he’s an accomplished player, and has been really impressive for us in spells, he’s not John Terry however. We can’t expect him to come in and transform the back line in the way that some are hoping. Above all he’s only just returning from a long term injury, and will need time to bed in.

So while there’s great room for growth with Rudi back in the team, these defensive issues could continue for some time. Let’s hope the returning German has some protection in the form of N’Golo Kante, who has been suffering with his own fitness issues recently.

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