Lampard reacts to first leg loss against Valencia

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Rodrig scores at Stamford Bridge to win the game for Valencia. Photo: Reuters

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Chelsea had 60% ball possession against Valencia at Stamford Bridge, and the Blues had 22 attempted shots in that game with 6 on target.

For all of Chelsea’s dominance against Valencia at the Bridge, it took just one Rodrigo chance to seal the three points for the visiting side late in the game.

Now, Chelsea head to the Mestalla Stadium for the second leg of this crucial tie, and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has looked back at that first leg game and insists that his side were the better team.

The Chelsea manager also revealed that there was a lot to learn from his young team in the defeat to Valencia.

Lampard said: “I felt we were the better team. My major feeling after the first game is the lesson that will always be there, whether you’re 18 or 32, is that if you sleep for one moment at Champions League level you can lose a game.

“We will have to take every bit of concentration and focus into this game. The rules always remain the same, particularly when you’re travelling in the Champions League, particularly when you come to a stadium like this which is a fantastic stadium to play football, but can be a very difficult one when you’re the opposition coming here.”

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