Lampard says Chelsea will return following a terrible first season with the new owner
Frank Lampard, the manager of Chelsea, has promised that his team will make a comeback after being eliminated from the Champions League by Real Madrid.
Real Madrid won the quarter-final match with two goals from forward Rodrygo, ending Chelsea’s last hope of qualifying for next year’s tournament.
Chelsea, currently in 11th place in the Premier League, may miss European competition for the first time since 2016/17. Despite having some good chances to score, Chelsea did not show enough cohesion and discipline to match the reigning champions.
Lampard defended his team’s performance, stating that they had a strong first half and caused Real Madrid problems.
He believed that his team had good chances to score but lacked the clinical finishing that Real Madrid displayed.
Lampard acknowledged that the team was going through a transition and would require work and time to adapt to the Premier League.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti praised Chelsea’s performance in the first half and admitted that they caused his team problems.
He singled out goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for making a crucial save against Marc Cucurella just before half-time, which he believed was a turning point in the game. Ancelotti acknowledged that Chelsea lost their intensity in the second half, allowing Real Madrid to take control of the game.
This loss was the fourth consecutive defeat for Chelsea since Lampard took temporary charge of the team in April.
They have scored only one goal in their last five matches, under three different managers, and are at risk of finishing outside the Premier League’s top half for the first time since 1996.
Despite this disappointing season, Lampard is confident that the team will bounce back and return to their previous form.