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Not many gave Chelsea a chance before the UEFA Super Cup final clash against Liverpool, but Frank Lampard’s side showed exactly why they must never be underrated.
Chelsea played out a 2-2 draw with the Reds at the Besiktas Park Stadium in Istanbul on Wednesday night, and it was an end to end encounter which could easily have gone any way.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 36th minute as the Blues ended the half on the ascendancy, with Christian Pulisic netting a goal to make it 2, but it was eventually ruled off for offside.
Sadio Mane scored the equaliser for Liverpool immediately after the restart, and the game took a different turn. The Senegal international scored a goal in the 100th minute that gave Liverpool what would have been a likely winner, but Tammy Abraham won a penalty five minutes later which was converted by Jorginho.
Liverpool went on to win the tournament on penalties with Tammy Abraham missing the fifth kick for the Blues, and the rest is history.
Blues boss Frank Lampard has now admitted that he hates the taste of defeat but encouraged his players for putting a good game against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“I respect Liverpool and they had chances in the game but it was clear to me that we were the stronger team,” Lampard said after the game.
“We had some bad luck at times and maybe some bad finishing which we need to be more clinical with but my overall feeling from the game is one of pride in the team performance.
“I don’t like losing, I’m a terrible loser and we all are at Chelsea. We wanted to win this game but we were unfortunate so I’m happy with the players. If that’s a sign of what we can do this season – and we will get better – then it’s a really good sign.”