Lampard can only see positive Chelsea after Super Cup defeat

Coach Frank Lampard took great encouragement from Chelsea’s display in the Uefa Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, despite the disappointment of losing on penalties to English rivals Liverpool.
“I think we can get better, there are things I still want us to improve on in terms of how we play slightly, but I am really happy with the performance,” said Lampard after Chelsea held the European champions to a 2-2 draw after extra time, only to lose 5-4 in the shootout.
Chelsea took the lead in Istanbul through Olivier Giroud, but Sadio Mane’s equaliser meant the match at the home of Besiktas went to extra time.
The Senegal star then put Liverpool in front in the 95th minute, only for a Jorginho penalty to restore parity again. Place bet on various today’s events on NaijaBet
The decisive moment came after nine successful spot-kicks when Tammy Abraham’s effort was saved by Adrian. Predict, Stake & Win Big
However, Chelsea were a match for Jurgen Klopp’s team for long spells and Lampard believed they were moving in the right direction after his first competitive game at the helm ended in a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.

“I am a new manager who’s been here for six weeks or so, and what I saw today were things that I want in the team.
Lampard had already twice been on the losing side in the Super Cup as a player for Chelsea, including the 2013 shootout defeat to Bayern Munich.
“To have two more days recovery at this stage early in the season, it’s clear that it affects your preparation and it’s an advantage to them going in,” said Lampard, whose side next host Leicester City on Sunday.
Lampard said he had offered words of comfort to Abraham, the 21-year-old who has returned after a loan at Aston Villa with Chelsea unable to make new signings due to a transfer ban.
Abraham had started against Manchester United but was on the bench at kick-off Wednesday before replacing Giroud in the second half.
“He will come back stronger. It is part and parcel of being a player at a top-level which is what Tammy now is.”
Not 21 until next month, Pulisic played 74 minutes and set up Giroud’s opening goal.

 

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