Lampard Explains Why Pedro Played Penalty Ahead Of Barkley

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Chelsea defeated Grimsby Town 7-1 in the Carabao Cup third round clash at Stamford Bridge. It was a harvest of goals for Frank Lampard’s side as Chelsea showed their superiority over the League Two side.

With the scores at 2-1, Chelsea were handed a penalty shootout just before half-time, and rather than Ross Barkley, it was Pedro who converted the penalty kick.

In the Champions League defeat to Valencia last week, Ross Barkley chose to play the penalty kick ahead of regular kickers Jorginho and Willian. There was a little argument between the trio, but Barkley decided to play it and eventually missed.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard chose not to cause any further argument after the game and told the press that Barkley was his designated penalty taker – but it never felt so.

Lampard told the media: “Ross is the penalty taker. He’s scored a couple in pre-season and he’s been the taker whenever he’s started or come on in games.

“I don’t know what the conversation was but Willian and Jorginho were the penalty takers from the start and Ross was once he came on.”

However, it was Pedro who took the penalty in tonight’s clash, and Lampard has revealed that he gave the instruction to make Pedro the penalty taker.

Lampard said: “The good thing is that I can choose things and I chose him for the penalty and as captain.”

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