It’s clear for everyone to see, Chelsea have totally transformed their set-piece stats from last season both offensively and defensively.
Last season Chelsea ranked 17 in the league for set-pieces conceded, letting in 15 goals from them. This season they are currently ranked in 9th place only conceding 3 – a clear improvement at the back.
But it is in attack where they have really transformed.
Last season they only managed to score 11 goals direct from set-pieces, ranking them in 11th place in the league. This season they are close to reaching that total already scoring 6 goals from set-pieces, ranking them in top spot in the league.
Source – The Daily Mail.
So how have they managed to turn this around?
Well, that is a real mixture of things starting with good coaching, with the addition of Anthony Barry coming in from Wigan and working on their defensive organisation at the back, as well as how to attack set-pieces.
As Frank Lampard told the Chelsea website recently, they have worked hard on it on the training ground.
But there is no doubt about it, what has helped immensely is the players that have been added to the squad this summer.
At the back, both Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva are very dominant and influential figures who are constantly talking and organising the backline. Ben Chilwell is also a very good aerially and has played his part.
Chilwell has also had a positive effect at the other end, even scoring from a Hakim Ziyech cross in the win over Sheffield United at the weekend. And it has been Ziyech who has also made a massive difference with his beautiful left-footed deliveries.
Then you have Reece James linking up with him down the right-hand side also delivering it on a plate, and poaching strikers such as Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham arriving in the box at the right time to convert.
Finally, they are playing with real confidence.
If I am Werner or Abraham, I know that I am going to be spoon fed a perfect cross from James, Ziyech, or Chilwell, and I know that I have to make the right run to get a chance of scoring. The players just have that confidence in each other, and in themselves, and they are playing with a lot more determination and desire to get on the end of those beautiful deliveries.