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Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Blues had taken the lead in the first-half through N’Golo Kante, but Chelsea’s lead didn’t last too long as a deflected Kevin de Bruyne shot beat Kepa Arrizabalaga eight minutes later, with a Riyad Mahrez strike sealing it for City just before half-time.
Despite the scoreline, it was Chelsea who could easily have sealed the three points in the first half, but the Blues kept missing chance after chance.
Frank Lampard analysed the team’s performance after the game and revealed that there still needs to be improvement in the team and Chelsea lost because of the lack of quality in the final third.
“Some big parts were good [but] there were some parts to improve on. That’s why there’s a gap. That’s why there was a gap last year of however many points,” said Lampard.
“That’s what Manchester City and Liverpool have done. It was a tough game obviously but we went toe-to-toe in the main but it was a moment of quality form Mahrez and a deflection on the first goal that was the difference.
“There was a lot of detail in the game but the amount of time we got into their final third in the first half and in the second half…we just didn’t have that little bit of quality that we can have, it’s not always not there. Today it wasn’t there. Games like this can be lost in the boxes and today I think it was.”