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It was more of a sigh of relief than joy for Frank Lampard when the referee blew the final whistle in Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Lille.
Chelsea needed a win to secure qualification to the second round of the Champions League, and the Blues started the game in dominant fashion and were 2-0 ahead by half-time.
Chelsea were still in cruise control of the game and were missing opportunities to increase the lead until Loic Remy scored a 78th minute goal that led to a frightening end of the game for Chelsea.
Speaking after the game, Blues boss Frank Lampard admitted that he was frustrated at seeing his team concede goals easily despite dominating the game.
Lampard said in his post match press conference: “The first half was good, the first 20 minutes of the second half was particularly good, but we need to take more of our chances.
“We’re leaving teams slightly in the game and that’s the frustrating thing. I am a bit tired of saying that. It’s sometimes been the story of our season.
“I was aware of the Valencia score, and secondly 2-0 is a dangerous result if you’re scared of drawing. If you concede one you never know what happens.
“At half-time I asked for a push from the lads and they gave us that. I never doubt they have given everything, but the reality is we need to be better in their box, we need to take more of our chances, whether it be the Premier League or the Champions League.
“We’re in the next stage, that’s a really good achievement for the group, but we know once you get to the next stage, and how tough it will be, we can’t afford to miss chances, or to give them away.
“We’re not conceding 20 shots and conceding one or two goals,” added the Chelsea boss.
“Today we conceded two shots and conceded a goal. This was always going to be a work in progress, and this was a perfect example of where we can get better.”