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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was in for a rude awakening in his first game as Chelsea manager as the Blues were defeated 4-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
It was a game Chelsea could easily have won as Chelsea created the better chances and started the brighter side, but Lampard’s side couldn’t take their chances. Chelsea hit the bar twice and were very unlucky not to be ahead at half-time, with Kurt Zouma conceding a penalty in the 18th minute which Marcus Rashford duly converted.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was at fault for two of the goals as Chelsea’s poor defending led to all four goals. Azpilicueta’s speed seems to have left him, as he couldn’t track back on time.
Lampard has now revealed that young right-back Reece James will have a huge role to play when he returns from injury.
“We have some top players out injured coming back soon. Reece James is going to be a big player for us in our squad,” Lampard said.
“Four mistakes for the goals. We have to be self-critical for that. We controlled the first half hour but made some poor decisions.
“We should be in the lead at the break. It is easier for them to play at 2-0 3-0. I can’t look at it and be happy.
“They have pace and if you turn over the ball and allow them to run in behind you they can hurt you.
“We were comfortable in the first half. But there are lessons there. You can’t make mistakes at this level. But if you look at the game, it is not a 4-0 game.
“We are missing internationals and big players but I don’t want that to be an excuse. We were competing for long periods.
“We made four mistakes and they put them away. It is a reality check for us all.”