Frank Lampard defends Ross Barkley over Chelsea loss

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Chelsea lost at home to a resilient and determined Valencia team on the opening night of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League campaign. The Blues’ lost 0-1 at the Bridge in a game that was full of talking points;

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  • Ross Barkley missed a penalty
  • Jason Mount sustained an injury

Chelsa boss, Frank Lampard spoke with BT Sport:

“We shouldn’t lose the game. Clearly. At least not lose it. We had a fair few chances. And then the penalty, which we miss. We have to keep our heads up. There is a long way to go. It is a lesson. Teams at this level can hurt you.”

Ross Barkley penalty miss:

 “Ross is a penalty taker and is when he starts games. He took it and missed it. It is a great story to say there is contention between players. If he scores it is not a story. But he took it and missed. That is it. The disappointment to all of us is that we didn’t get chance to win the game. There is no issue in the dressing room.”

Mount’s injury:

“It did affect the game and we know how well he is playing. He looked sharp. It is an ankle injury and hopefully not too bad. It needs to be assessed over the next few days.”

If Chelsea will bounce back:

“I saw Liverpool lost tonight. This is the Champions League and there are tough games. There will be bumps in the road for us with the youth we have and changes we are trying to make. But we need to be strong and be ready with Liverpool here at the weekend.”

Source: BBC Sport

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