I don’t care about entertaining football and losing – former Chelsea boss tells Lampard

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It was an end to end encounter between Chelsea and Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium, and Chelsea got a point at the end of the game, with both sides playing out a 2-2 draw.

Chelsea were 18 minutes away from securing qualification to the knockout stage of the Champions League after going ahead 2-1 before Dane Wass grabbed a fortuitous equaliser for the hosts.

The game against Valencia was end-to-end from start to finish and former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle has revealed that he wasn’t impressed with Chelsea’s game management.

Speaking as a pundit on BT Sport, the former Chelsea boss said: “Well the easiest one Valencia could have scored was in the first half was [Maxi] Gomez. He must have just taken his eye off the ball.

“There were too many spaces, with balls in behind. I think the approach has got to change, certainly at different times in the game.”

Hoddle went on: “I don’t care what you say about entertainment, a better side, a more clinical side, would have punished them and would have beaten Chelsea without a doubt.

“And don’t forget if those goals go in, that’s when you are behind the eight ball, if you go two goals down you have then got to chase it a bit more and that’s when you get picked off.

“I thought Chelsea might have done better, in the first half they might have picked them off a bit more, and they could have been a bit shrewder and maybe got a third goal, because it was always on a knife edge and there wasn’t enough secure defending.”

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