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Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was wrong to claim Chelsea played well in the 4-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Despite enjoying large spells of dominance against Manchester United, Chelsea conceded four goals against Manchester United and Sherwood believes as a manager it’s wrong to claim your team played well after losing 4-0.
Asked if there are positives to take from Chelsea’s 4-0 loss to Manchester United, Sherwood told the Kelly and Wrighty Show via Metro: “No. I think the Super Cup, yeah, possibly, they competed in that game. It’s alright starting a game well. As a manager, when you get beat 4-0, you can’t come out and say you played well. Impossible.
“People stop listening to you in the end. You have to take it on the chin, even if behind closed doors you can say there’s positives, you can say ‘you did this well’, ‘you got this right’ in team meetings. But at the end of the day you’ve got to win football matches and it’s a poor start for Frank.”
Lampard claimed after the loss to Manchester United that the 4-0 scoreline was harsh on Chelsea.
Lampard told Sky Sports: “Without a doubt. Four mistakes, four goals, let’s get that out straight away, because we have to be self-critical.
“Other than that, for 60 minutes we controlled the game. We controlled the first half, major parts of it, [hit the] woodwork, [played] balls across the face of goal.
“There were poor decisions in the final third when we should have been able to get shots away and score, at half time we should be in the lead.
“Again, early in the second half I didn’t mind it [being behind], but then the second and third goal, two mistakes, and it’s much easier for them to play at 3-0 up.
“At 1-0 we were the better team, but I can’t stand here and look happy with that because it’s 4-0.
“This is a counter-attacking team [United], a big strength of theirs. We know they have pace, if you turn over the ball or give them opportunities to play in behind, they will.
“For large parts of the game we didn’t [let them] do that, we were the ones who were bright, breaking, the last bit [in the final third] wasn’t great, but we were so comfortable in the way we were playing in the first half, so there are loads of lessons for us.
“You can’t make unforced errors at this level, but it’s not a result that if you just switched on and saw it was a 4-0, it was nowhere near a 4-0.”