Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was frustrated with his side's defensive failure in Saturday's 3-3 draw against Southampton at Stamford Bridge after the visitors came from behind twice for a point.
Timo Werner scored a brace in the first half while Kai Havertz scored in the second half as new Chelsea signings opened their Premier League accounts. However, the Saints took advantage of defensive mistakes and stole a point with a late equalizer.
Lampard told BBC Sport as cited by Sports Central: “You go two goals up, you want to finish it off. It was the best we’ve played this season for sure at this stage. “But Southampton are a good side. They put pressure on us off the ball. They put us under pressure after the first goal. “My message at half time was that the goal shouldn’t change too much. We never got to the same levels in the second half. We can do better... We need to be more solid and making individual mistakes gives other teams chances.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was back in goal as new recruit Edouard Mendy is injured and he was caught in a defensive error when Southampton drew 2-2 through Che Adams.
However, Lampard declined to blame the Spain goalkeeper, who is suffering a crisis of confidence after being knocked out of the starting lineup due to mistakes in previous matches.
Lampard told reporters: “(The second goal) is a mistake we should have dealt with and if you are going to concede those types of goals then it’s not something we can have in our game. “He (Kepa) has to be strong enough, that is what it is like in elite sport and goalkeepers have to deal with that. He will have the support of myself and his team mates. It’s a shame, because he made some good saves..