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Chelsea were favourites heading into the Carabao Cup fourth round tie against Manchester United, but it was the Blues who were knocked out after two set piece goals scored by Marcus Rashford in both halves gave Manchester United a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaking after the game revealed that the Blues lost the game due to the manner the players started the game in the first half.
Chelsea didn’t start the game on the front foot in the first half as the team’s passing was slow and predictable. By the time Michy Batshuayi scored a stunning second half goal and the Chelsea momentum was high, Marcus Rashford’s 73rd minute goal took the sting out of the game and United eventually won the tie.
Frank Lampard said after the defeat: “In terms of where we weren’t at our best, we were a little bit slow with our passing in the first half. When a team comes, as Newcastle did, and puts five back and two in front, and are disciplined and want to organise if you don’t break the lines and don’t move, and you don’t mix your game up, it’s tough.
“We were a little bit that way first half, and then we weren’t clinical enough second half. We created chances, changed our game, were really bright. I loved the first half-an-hour in the second half. We were deserving of our goal and deserving of more.
“Rashford’s goal was stunning, at a time when we had got ourselves level and I felt we were really in the ascendency. We had just brought Mason and Pedro on and I felt the fresh legs of them two would help. But when they got themselves in front they had a lead to defend, and they did that.”