Date revealed: Saturday 24th October 2020 9:09
Frank Lampard says the defensive enchancment proven by his Chelsea aspect in current video games is “an ideal factor” after they stored a clear sheet at Manchester United.
The Blues played out a 0-0 draw with the Red Devils however needed to present some resilience on the again as their opponents pushed ahead to discover a winner.
Summer time signings Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva each made essential contributions, denying the likes of Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani.
It was Chelsea’s second shut out of the week having additionally been concerned in a goalless draw with Sevilla on Tuesday.
And regardless of admitting to being barely pissed off with what his staff confirmed in assault, Lampard was clearly happy with the progress his backline is making.
Talking to Sky Sports activities, he mentioned: “That speaks for itself with outcomes like that. The large man [Mendy] made saves in objective, Thiago [Silva] was imperious or no matter you wish to say together with his expertise and high quality. Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] subsequent to him is the captain.
“I believe the personnel in there enjoying, defending, doing the precise issues and making the precise choices is a good factor for us.
“It’s a base, [but] we wish extra. It’s not a gorgeous feeling within the dressing room, it’s not as a result of we all know we will play higher going ahead.
“However once more, we will definitely be pleased with among the issues we’re seeing defensively now.”
Chelsea denied “a extremely clear penalty”
Lampard additionally believes that Chelsea ought to have been awarded a penalty within the first half. Azpilicueta was held within the field by Harry Maguire, denying him the possibility to assault a nook.
Chelsea gamers appealed for a spot-kick, nevertheless it was missed by the on-field referee. VAR officers, in the meantime, checked the incident and determined it was not a foul.
Requested after the match if he thought in any other case, Lampard mentioned: “Undoubtedly. I’m to see what everybody else says as a result of I spoke to the lads about what number of penalties they [Manchester United] get right here over the previous couple of seasons, they’re miles forward in Europe.
“It’s a extremely clear penalty. VAR is right here for these choices, they’re not all the time straightforward on the attention immediately for the referee on the pitch, I fully get that.
“However, I don’t perceive why it didn’t get given. While you see the picture and once you see the form of headlock that he’s in, so [it’s] shocking.
“That they had time to take a look at that, so long as they need, typically they take three minutes however this one was doing in a short time and moved on.”