Lampard: We can only blame ourselves

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Frank Lampard accepted Chelsea didn’t do enough to win Saturday’s FA Cup final against rivals Arsenal at an empty Wembley Stadium.

The coach also bemoaned ‘The Blues’ misfortune with injuries before and during the game.

From the moment Christian Pulisic impressively put Chelsea ahead with just five minutes on the clock, not a great deal went right for Lampard’s men.

A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned the contest around, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pulisic and Pedro all went off injured, adding to a list of absentees that included Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek ahead of kick-off, and Mateo Kovacic was sent off for two bookable offences.

Lampard did not agree with either of those decisions, but he did not make excuses and conceded the better team won the showpiece. Picture: Chelsea. 

‘We started well for 10 or 15 minutes, scored a goal and created a few chances were in control of the game. But after that, we can only blame ourselves from that point in football terms,” said Lampard.

‘We got complacent. We took too long on the ball, we started playing short passes like it was a stroll. An FA Cup final can never be a stroll. We allowed Arsenal back in the game and from that point onwards, it’s always going to be difficult. A lot of today was on us.

‘In the second half we came out brighter if Christian goes through and scores as opposed to missing and doing his hamstring – well, the circumstances in the game conspired against us,” he added.

‘It’s been a busy period for us. The players have given everything. With 10 men the last 20 minutes was a really difficult challenge for them. We shouldn’t become too stuck on today.

The Chelsea coach went on to say that he is disappointed with the result but proud of what his boys achieved this season in his first year as the manager.

“Over the season as a whole what we have managed to do, come where we did in the league, is a huge plus for us.

“Kante wasn’t really fit for this game. I’m not making excuses, because we didn’t perform well enough, but it felt like that was a tipping point with everything coming together at the same time,” concluded Lampard.

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Edited by Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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