Frank Lampard thought Chelsea were the better side despite slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in a hugely entertaining game at Stamford Bridge.
It was an end-to-end affair with plenty of goalmouth action, with league leaders Liverpool taking the lead with an absolute thunderbolt of a strike from Trent Alexander-Arnold after a well-worked free-kick on the edge of the box.
Chelsea thought they had equalised when Cesar Azpilicueta poked home after a melee in the six-yard box, though the pesky video assistant referee up in Stockley Park spotted an offside in the buildup, with the goal being chalked off.
Three minutes later, the Blues disappointment was compounded, with Roberto Firmino taking advantage of Chelsea’s zonal marking from a free-kick, the Brazilian finding himself in acres of space to head the visitors into a two-goal lead.
However, Frank Lampard’s side didn’t give up, with the returning N’Golo Kante stabbing the ball home from the edge of the box to set up a tasty finale, though despite creating a number of late chances, they were unable to grab an equaliser.
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Speaking after the game, the Blues boss felt his side were the better side and wants them to take similar performance levels into their upcoming fixtures.
“Performance wise we were the better team,” Lampard told Sky Sports.
“We had more energy in our game, character and spirit. That’s why the crowd applauded at the end. Let’s take this forward.”
While Lampard accepted the decision to rule out Azpilicueta’s goal, he reckoned it contributed Firmino’s goal swiftly after.
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“I like to think we might get a couple in our favour. But you can see Mason is a tiny bit offside,” he conceded.
“We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at. It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.”
The defeat means Chelsea are now winless in any of their first four home games, though the former midfielder thinks that the first win won’t be far away if they play like they did today.
“No home wins we want to change and I believe we will if we play like that,” he added.
“The reality is younger players have come into the team. We lost two number 9s we had last year and we can’t change that.”