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After 22 shots from Chelsea and 6 on target, with 60 percent possession, Chelsea still lost to Valencia at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
It was Frank Lampard’s first game as Chelsea manager in a Champions League clash, and despite playing well, the Blues were still beaten at home.
Chelsea conceded a goal from set-piece in the 74th minute as Rodrigo went behind the Chelsea defence to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga with a fine finish.
Lampard admitted after the game that his side should have won, and that losing the opening group game makes it always difficult. But then, he admitted that the good news is that his side has five more games to play.
“We probably should have got the win, or at least a draw,” Lampard said after the game.
“We created enough good chances, had a penalty and then conceded from one shot on target. It’s a harsh lesson of Champions League football because we played pretty well but lost.
“The good news is we’ve got five more games left in the group but we should have got more tonight.”
Chelsea have back to back away games against Lille and Ajax, and the Blues must now win those games.
Lampard said: “The reality of losing the first game at home makes the rest of the games more important, particularly when they come next back-to-back away from home [Lille and Ajax]. We need to have a strong focus on getting a result in one of those games now.
“It’s still a group I think teams will take points off each other because all the teams are strong.”