Frank Lampard says Chelsea ‘got what they deserved’ in weak loss to Arsenal
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was ‘angry’ at the way the Blues were beaten by Arsenal on Boxing Day, and urged his players to ‘take responsibility’ for the role they played in the defeat 3-1.
Lampard’s men were outclassed by the Gunners from the first minute, who took the lead thanks to a penalty from Alexandre Lacazette and then doubled their advantage before half-time, thanks to a brilliant free kick from Granit Xhaka.
Bukayo Saka’s cross goal killed the game early in the second half, and although the Blues pulled one out and missed a late penalty, they were largely beaten.
And the manner of the defeat left Coach Lampard extremely angry and frustrated with his team. Speaking after the loss, the former Chelsea midfielder admitted his side were “very poor” and lacked in energy, while blaming the mentality of the players as the game approached.
“In the second half we showed some urgency, but it was too late,” said Lampard. “The first half, we gave ourselves too much to do, we were very poor. You cannot lack energy and desire in the Premier League and we have.
“You can prepare as well as you want, but if you show up like that, it’s another thing. It’s in the mind.
“If you play below par, things go against you like Saka’s goal. It’s life. Another day we could have scored the penalty and come back but it’s not a day for us.
“Teams that win, win, win relentlessly weren’t winning two or three years ago. We are not there yet, that is clear. I felt it when we were on our long undefeated streak and I can feel it now. We have a lot. bad today. “
Lampard also claimed responsibility for the loss, but encouraged his players to do the same, saying ‘you’re not going to win any game’ if you don’t play your best, and Chelsea ‘got what they deserved ”In the Emirates. .
“I will take my responsibilities away from home, but the players must also take their responsibilities. The message was clear: Arsenal are a dangerous team. When you play 60% or 70%, you won’t win any matches.
“I’m angry because I want us to win games. It was the opportunity to pass second. You get what you deserve. ”