After a humiliating opening day defeat against Manchester United, few gave Chelsea a chance against Liverpool but the Blues fought tooth and nail. But, while they did eventually lose, manager Frank Lampard has revealed that he was pleased with the way his side fought against the Premier League side.
Chelsea eventually fell short in the UEFA Super-Cup against Liverpool, but it took a penalty shootout to stop the Blues. The scores were level after 90 minutes, with Sadio Mane and Jorginho each netting one more to push the game past extra-time into penalties. However, despite the loss, manager Frank Lampard was more than pleased with the way his team performed.
The Blues walked into the game on the back of a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United which was also Lampard’s competitive debut with the Blues and he was torn to shreds by Jose Mourinho. However, the Chelsea legend has revealed that his players responded well to the critics, even praising Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.
"After Sunday, tonight was another level, and we were unlucky not to win. We've got three games now till the international break and we'll try to win them all," said Lampard. "Chelsea's season will be a good one if we play something like we played today. I've got nothing but pride in the team and the performance, and confidence in what that means.
“It was a tough game against a good Liverpool team that [played on Friday and] had extra time to recover after the weekend. But sometimes football comes down to little moments of luck. Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham added an extra dimension when they came on, and were unlucky not to score. Tammy needs to keep his head up because that's part and parcel of being a top player," he said after the striker missed the decisive final penalty.