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Goalkeeper conundrum gives Chelsea manager Frank Lampard the blues

Goalkeeper conundrum gives Chelsea manager Frank Lampard the blues

3/8/2020 4:14:00 AM

Goalkeeper conundrum gives Chelsea manager Frank Lampard the blues

While Chelsea's attack will likely be the least of worries for Frank Lampard next season - with the acquisition of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech - it is the backline that could give the manager sleepless nights. Willy Caballero was preferred to Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal...

"They're going to laugh at you. The business aspect, it doesn't work. It's in their interest to work with him and try to get him back to his best level."Lampard, who conceded that Chelsea have been hampered by a lack of cutting edge and defensive mistakes all season, also accused them of complacency after they blew the lead in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

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PERFECT STARTThe Blues made the perfect start as Christian Pulisic fired them ahead after just five minutes. But Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised from the penalty spot before half-time and completed the comeback by lifting the ball over Caballero in the second half.

"We started well for 10 or 15 minutes, scored a goal and had chances. From then on, we can blame only ourselves in football terms," Lampard told the BBC."We decided to take control as in being complacent, let's try and play short passes like it is a bit of a stroll. A final can never be a stroll and we allowed them back into the game." headtopics.com

They weren't helped by the harsh second-half dismissal of midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who was sent off for the slightest touch on Granit Xhaka, but referee Anthony Taylor's decision could not be reviewed by VAR as it was a second bookable offence.

Injuries to Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta compounded matters. The duo won't be playing in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich on Sunday morning, with the Blues trailing 3-0. Read more: The New Paper »

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