Good evening, Chelsea fans. Here are your evening headlines for Saturday, October 17.
Lampard bemoans Chelsea’s game-management
Frank Lampard bemoaned his Chelsea side’s inability to see out matches following a 3-3 draw against Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Timo Werner, before conceding either side of half time. Kai Havertz put Chelsea back in front, but a 90th-minute equaliser from Janik Vestergaard cost Lampard’s side all three points.
And when after the game whether the late goals Chelsea have consistently conceded is because of a mentality issue, Lampard replied: “Yes, there is certainly a game management element of it in a game.
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“We want to have a lead and see it off. We turnover the ball that led to the free kick and then it is the second balls. There’s a lot of elements that led to it, you can recreate that in training and talk about it a lot but it is very disappointing when it happens.”
Lampard also discussed Kepa Arrizabalaga, who returned to the team with Edouard Mendy absent through injury and was, alongside Kurt Zouma, at fault for Southampton’s second goal.
“We know that all eyes are on him, how competitive it is [in the squad],” he said. “As a goalkeeper, you know all eyes are on you. Kepa has to deal with that and also feel the support of me and the team-mates.
“It is unfortunate because he did make a couple of good saves today. When you are a goalkeeper, people will judge you on other moments as well. He has to keep working and there’s only one way of getting through those periods and it is to work and to feel support around him.”
Lampard also touched on a range of other subjects after the 3-3 draw. They can be read here.
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