Chelsea have had another disappointing Champions League exit. According to Frank Lampard, the game could have looked different if Eder Militao had received a second yellow card.
Chelsea had a very difficult task ahead of them. They took a two-goal deficit into their home Champions League quarter-final rematch.
Frank Lampard has coached four games since his return and has yet to experience the feeling of winning. Against Real Madrid, however, the London side came out very active and the visiting players had to be saved several times by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
A quarter of an hour after the start of the second half, Brazilian speedster Rodrygo scored for the first time, burying any hopes The Blues had of a turnaround.
The goal was preceded by a situation that became the subject of controversy and was addressed in the post-match press conference by Chelsea’s interim coach, Frank Lampard.
In the 54th minute of the game, Eder Militao stopped Trevor Chalobah in a manner that the head referee deemed illegal. The home side had the advantage of a direct kick from an interesting position. However, they were mainly demanding the award of a second yellow card to the White Ballet stopper.
“Militao should have received a second yellow card. At this level it is given in a situation like this. When an attacking player is stopped in the attacking third by a defender who already has a card, he should have been given a red card. Withhalf an hour to go,” Lampard said at the post-match press conference.
Chelsea are certainly not in an easy situation. Being knocked out of the Champions League means losing their hopes of participating in next season’s competition. Seven rounds before the end of the current season they are already seventeen points behind the fourth position.
“One thing is certain. Chelsea will be back. It will require hard work and a longer process. I think the fans appreciated today’s performance. There have been times during this season when the fans haven’t felt this way, so we have to grab onto that and get results for the rest of the season,” the club legend continued.
Lampard also gave the example of previous years in the press conference, when Chelsea failed to qualify for the Champions League and won the Premier League the following year. There is no doubt that a similar scenario would be welcomed by the club’s fans.
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