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While Chelsea's striking deficiencies have long been documented, their defensive frailties - particularly away from home - are also coming to light. At the weekend, Chelsea lost 3-2 at Stoke City to go ten Premier League games having failed to keep their sheets clean.
Jose Mourinho recently told the media at a press conference that: 'I am not waiting for players, I am not asking for players,' after noting how if his Blues had a striker of the goal-scoring capability of Sergio Aguero or Luis Suarez - a player who would have returned ten goals already this season - then they would not be third in the division, but first.
At the back, Gary Cahill is quoted by The Mirror to have said: 'Losing games is a concern. We’ve kept clean sheets this season, but in the last two games we’ve let too many goals in. That’s unlike us and it’s down to individual mistakes.
'We talked about it after Sunderland and there were unfortunate incidents in the set-pieces, where we’ve had a look at it. Maybe it’s just a bit of bad luck, but obviously away from home, we’ve got to keep it tight. I feel we’ve done that most of the season, but this result was poor for us.
'It’s massively disappointing because it’s so tight at the minute that you’ve got to keep chalking up results. A game, which we felt we could have get points from, we’ve lost, which is very disappointing.'
The rearguard may be bolstered in the upcoming transfer market, as the Daily Mail link Chelsea with a £10m swoop for one of the badboys of Ligue 1 football - Kurt Zouma, of Saint Etienne, a 19-year-old defender who is currently serving a ten match ban after a particularly wayward challenge on Sochaux midfielder Thomas Guerbert.
Zouma is a versatile defender, competent in both a central and left back position.
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