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Lampard reckons Chelsea could have beaten Man City with ‘a bit more quality’ in final third

Frank Lampard felt his Chelsea side played some ‘great stuff’ despite ultimately losing 2-1 to Man City this evening in a thrilling encounter at the Etihad.

Chelsea started fearlessly and dominated the midfield area, with N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, and Jorginho passing and driving past Man City‘s press at will.

It was, therefore, no surprise to see Chelsea take the lead on 21 minutes when Kante stabbed past Ederson from a floated Kovacic ball over the top.

It seemed at that stage that City’s title defence was about to fall apart, but, credit to the champions, they began to work their way back into the game, and would soon find an equaliser when Kevin De Bruyne’s shot from the edge of the area deflected off Kurt Zouma and into the net.

City’s attempt to wrestle back control was then complete before half-time, with Riyad Mahrez putting them in the lead with a superb solo run and finish.

Despite both sides playing some excellent incisive football at times, Mahrez’s strike would ultimately be the winner, and speaking after the game, Chelsea boss Lampard felt his side could have got something out of the game had they had a bit more quality in the final third.

“We went toe-to-toe,” Lampard told Sky Sports.

“The amount of time we got in their final third we didn’t have that little bit of quality. Games like that can be lost in the boxes.

“It feels like a long time since we lost a game. We know there is a transitional feel, but I know if we keep working we will be coming.”

Then when speaking to BBC’s MOTD Lampard admitted his young side are aspiring to reach the level of Guardiola all-conquering City outfit.

“We were controlling the game, we were playing some great stuff and we felt in control but you can’t be absolutely in control against Manchester City

“It was bad luck for their first goal, and absolute quality from Riyad Mahrez for the second and that changed the game.

“Maybe we were a bit slow with our movement at the back, I know we were giving them a good game but I am disappointed with the small details.

“If you look at City they are an example, and we’re at the absolute start of that process. A few of our players were in the Championship, but we want more.”

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