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06.11.2019 Football News

Lampard Bemoans Chelsea 'Sloppiness' After Manic Draw

By Wires
Lampard Bemoans Chelsea 'Sloppiness' After Manic Draw
NOV 6, 2019 FOOTBALL NEWS

Frank Lampard could not help but wonder what might have been as his Chelsea side drew 4-4 with Ajax at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea found themselves 3-1 down to the Dutch side at half-time, Jorginho's equaliser from the spot topped by Quincy Promes and a Kepa Arrizabalaga own-goal after Tammy Abraham had put one in his own net after just two minutes.

Danny van de Beek made it a three-goal lead after the break but Cesar Azpilicueta pulled one back before a crazy three-minute spell which saw Daley Blind and Joel Veltman sent off for second yellow cards in the same move that culminated in a second Jorginho penalty.

A rampant Chelsea were level at 4-4 three minutes later thanks to substitute Reece James' first goal in Europe for the Blues but they had a winner ruled out by VAR and Lampard believes they should have taken all three points.

"I felt at half-time that the few times we conceded was a mix of sloppiness and bad fortune," Lampard said.

"I felt we were always in it.
"We are probably a bit disappointed not to win the last ten minutes."

He added: "I can't explain the game. For all the things we might analyse back, the madness of the game, we are here for entertainment I suppose and anyone who watched that has to say what a game of football. Respect to Ajax, what a spectacle.

"I don't think I have been in a game like it. The two own goals were the story of the first half. I said at half time it will be 3-3 or 4-4, we were so in the game.

"We looked dangerous and I felt we would build momentum. I am not happy overall, this is the Champions League and we made too many mistakes.

"The biggest pleasure is the spirit the whole stadium showed. I can't give you much on the red cards, I didn't really see what they were for.

"At half time I would have taken a draw for sure. Let's take it as what it was. I was expecting somewhere towards 10 minutes of added time, not sure where four came from."

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