Chelsea manager Frank Lampard admits his side were ‘a little bit slow’ against a disciplined Manchester United side following their exit from the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
Marcus Rashford scored twice for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Stamford Bridge to seal their progression to the quarter-finals, the defeat bringing an end to Chelsea’s seven-game winning streak in all competitions.
Lampard admits his rotated side performed below-expectations in the first-half, conceding United’s defensive set-up made it difficult for his side to create clear-cut opportunities.
“In terms of where we weren’t at our best, we were a little bit slow with our passing in the first half,” Lampard said, as per the official club website.
”When a team comes, as Newcastle did, and puts five back and two in front, and are disciplined and want to organise if you don’t break the lines and don’t move, and you don’t mix your game up, it’s tough.
“We were a little bit that way first half, and then we weren’t clinical enough second half. We created chances, changed our game, were really bright. I loved the first half-an-hour in the second half. We were deserving of our goal and deserving of more.
“Rashford’s goal was stunning, at a time when we had got ourselves level and I felt we were really in the ascendency. We had just brought Mason and Pedro on and I felt the fresh legs of them two would help. But when they got themselves in front they had a lead to defend, and they did that.”