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It was a bizarre scene at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night when Ross Barkley stepped up to play a penalty kick ahead of Willian and Jorginho.
Jorginho and Willian are ahead of Barkley in the pecking order, but the English midfielder quickly rushed to the spot to take the shot, as he told Willian and Jorginho to leave him to take the kick.
At the end, Barkley’s shot hit the cross bar and went over, ensuring that Chelsea lost the game 1-0.
Lampard looked disgusted from the sidelines and his expression after the match showed that he wasn’t happy with the incident. But Lampard knows too well not to expose dressing room issues in the media, having been part of a number of dressing room unrest that has gone on at Stamford Bridge over the years.
Lampard insisted after the game that all was well in the Chelsea dressing room and that Barkley was the designated penalty taker.
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.”
Despite the defeat, Lampard still believes that there’s hope for his side and that Chelsea can still bounce back with the five games left.
He 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.”