Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s new interim coach has assured his players that “special things” can happen at Stamford Bridge after their loss against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.
On Wednesday, 12th of April, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio scored for Real Madrid as they defeated the Blues, 2-0 at Santiago Bernabeu.
After Ben Chilwell was sent off for Chelsea, they played the rest of the game with 10 men.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team took advantage of the Blue’s red card as Chilwell was sent off in the 59th minute for fouling Rodrygo who was goal-bound.
Thereafter, Marco Asensio, a Spanish international, scored with a calm left-footed effort in the 74th minute to cap off a well-worked set piece.
As a result, Lampard and his players will have their work cut out for them when they host Real Madrid in six days at Stamford Bridge.
The first goal was scored by Karim Benzema through a tap-in after Kepa Arrizabalaga saved Vinicius Junior’s attempt, while the second was scored by Marco Asensio from outside the area.
This was only Frank Lampard’s second game after he was named interim manager until the end of the current campaign.
It was made plain in his press conference that he expected his players to make an impact at the Bernabeu, with particular emphasis on the January addition, Fernandez.
For Chelsea to participate in the Champions League next season, they will almost certainly need to win the title this year.
Despite spending over 500 million pounds on players since the start of the transfer window last summer, the Blues are currently 11th in the Premier League table and having a difficult season.
After the match, Frank Lampard said; “I’m proud of the 10 men, the disappointing thing is that you give away a set piece from switching off for the second goal.”
Frank Lampard also commented about the chances his men failed to utilize in their clash against Real Madrid.
He said:” I don’t think with 10 men they carved us open, that was due to the spirit, I think at the time in the game, we had our chances. Three pretty good chances; Joao Felix early, Raheem Sterling, and Mason Mount near the end. So, there’s some good things”.
The Chelsea legendary player, Lampard believed that the Blues can still have a dramatic comeback against Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge despite falling 2-0 at Santiago Bernabeu.
Lampard added by saying; “But the result is the reality. But I’ve just said to the players, ‘Special things can happen at Stamford Bridge, they (Real) are a very good team, but we have to believe”.
What’s next for Chelsea?
The Blues will lock horns with Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Premier League on Saturday, 15th of April, as they will be looking forward to bouncing back from their Champions League defeat at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
What’s your take on what Frank Lampard said to his players ahead of their second leg against Real Madrid? Share your view with us below: