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Why Frank Lampard was 'happier' with Chelsea loss to Liverpool than Blues' Brighton win

Why Frank Lampard was ‘happier’ with Chelsea loss to Liverpool than Blues’ Brighton win (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard took plenty of heart from his side’s 2-0 defeat to Premier League champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The Blues were in the game until being reduced to 10 men just before half time, with Sadio Mane then scoring a second-half brace.

Chelsea held relatively firm until the second half, with the numerical advantage sorely felt by Lampard’s charges.

Mane scored twice inside the first 10 minutes of the restart, heading in from a Roberto Firmino cross before capitalising on a Kepa Arrizalabaga error.

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While the hosts were handed a penalty after Thiago Alcantara fouled Timo Werner inside the box, Jorginho’s spot-kick was saved by Alisson.

And that allowed title-holders Liverpool to come away with the full three points – but Lampard was not too disheartened by the defeat.

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Why Frank Lampard was ‘happier’ with Chelsea loss to Liverpool than Blues’ Brighton win (Image: GETTY)

The Londoners have been tipped to contend for the title this season after a £200million transfer spree which has seen them sign Werner, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell.

The Blues are also poised to add Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy into the mix with Arrizabalaga having been culpable for another goal.

And while Chelsea failed to send out an early statement against Liverpool, Lampard felt the performance was actually better than in their 3-1 win over Brighton in their opening match of the 2020-21 campaign.

“There were a lot of things I was happy about with our defensive game,” he said. “I think Liverpool give you a lot of threats. I wanted us to be better on the ball.

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“We showed moments on the counter-attack when we were dangerous in the first half. Timo had a couple of good, good opportunities.

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“But to limit them to the chances that they had in the first half, there were lots of things I was pleased about.

“My team talk was ‘Be more confident on the ball lads.’ We had little moments where we were confident, took it and received it in midfield and got our full-backs in the game.

“That’s how we needed to carry on going forward but then the red card changes the whole team talk.”

Asked if there was an element in the result that Liverpool are more finely tuned than his Chelsea side “Of course there is and normally with new faces you get a month or so of pre-season to work on your patterns of play, how you want to play.


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“That’s why the stuff on the ball at the minute is the thing I’m not so happy about. The way we defended, I’m very happy with. We have to have time for that.

“Every team that is successful in the modern day has had time and had a process. Our process starts here, not from last year.

“Last year it was a squad, we couldn’t do much business going into it so we worked and we worked; we worked to come fourth.

“Now it’s a new start, our objectives are higher and our expectations are higher. Fair play, fine, but it will take some time. Today, for character and spirit, I saw a lot of stuff.

“I am disappointed losing 2-0, but I am happier today than many times at Brighton. We are in pre-season still.

“I saw spirit, desire to defend by many of our players, the midfield giving everything. The players have to take heart. It’s how we go forward from now.”

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Source:Daily Express :: Sport Feed

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