Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was this evening drawn on a number of his players, on the back of the club’s disappointing defeat to Liverpool.
Mane at the double
The Blues welcomed Jurgen Klopp’s men to Stamford Bridge earlier today, for their 2nd Premier League outing of the campaign.
Chelsea headed into proceedings hoping to make it six points from a possible six, after downing Brighton by 3 goals to 1 last weekend.
When all was said and done in southwest London, though, Liverpool’s class, combined with a number of costly mistakes, doomed the hosts to a 2-0 defeat.
Sadio Mane proved the star of the show, playing a key role in the matchup’s turning point, an Andreas Christensen red card on the stroke of half-time, before bagging both goals for the champions.
The Senegalese attacker’s first came shortly after the interval, when a slick team move on the part of the visitors saw Mane nod home Roberto Firmino’s lofted cross.
And it was two less than 5 minutes later, as Mane coaxed a mistake out of Kepa in the Chelsea goal, to slot home from close range.
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As such, on the back of his side’s first defeat of the season, Frank Lampard was inevitably drawn on a whole host of topics during his post-match press conference.
Much of the discussion surrounded the individual displays of Chelsea’s stars, following an altogether mixed team performance.
Two players whom Lampard was certainly impressed by, though, were Timo Werner and Fikayo Tomori.
First, on the former, who kept Liverpool’s backline honest throughout proceedings this evening, the Chelsea boss explained:
‘I am very pleased with his start. We brought him to the club due to the assets we are seeing. We will see goals from him, we know that. I thought with the second half and how difficult it would have been for him and Mason, he comes up with a moment which could have got us back into the game. I am delighted with him and we’ll see a lot more. He has shown desire to work for the team and his way in the dressing room, I am delighted with him.’
Stopper Tomori, meanwhile, was introduced at half-time at Stamford Bridge, on the back of Christensen’s aforementioned dismissal.
And, despite Liverpool’s two goals having come whilst he was on the pitch, the youngster, overall, went on to impress over the course of his 45-minute cameo.
Regarding Tomori’s display, Lampard had the following to say:
‘I think he did really well. He hasn’t played for a while and it shows his fitness with the rest of the squad, and I was delighted with him. I hope he feels the trust in him. He showed that last year, started pre-season as fifth centre-back in most people’s eyes and has played 20+ games for Chelsea I have got full confidence.’
Finally, and perhaps most significantly, the English tactician was drawn on the situation surrounding Antonio Rudiger.
German international Rudiger was a surprise absentee from the Chelsea squad to face Liverpool, with Lampard having since hinted that the former Roma man has simply slipped down his defensive pecking order:
‘At the moment I have five centre-backs at the club. I can’t pick a squad which has three of them on the bench. That is the way it is. I have to pick a squad on the way they train, situations, and that is just how it is. That is a selection one today.’
— Oliver Harbord (@ojharbord) September 20, 2020
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