Lampard has a word for Gary Cahill after his fall gifted Chelsea a goal

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Chelsea got an early lead against Crystal Palace, as Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the Blues just after six minutes.

For Chelsea’s opener, Willian took advantage of a fall from Gary Cahill, who suffered an injury in the process, and then cut a ball back for Giroud to tap home.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he feels sorry for his former teammate and friend Gary Cahill, but maintained that the game had to go on.

Lampard said after the game: “For sure I have sympathy, because I know Gary, we are friends, and you could see straightway that it was a bad injury the way he went down,’ said Lampard after the game.

“But then we had to play on and finish the action, no one is kicking the ball out in that situation. It is not one of those but you obviously feel sorry for Gary on an individual note. I know for head injuries the game would always stop but for injuries like that it doesn’t stop. That is pretty clear.

“Any team would continue in that situation. Willian is through on goal. If that wasn’t the situation the game would be stop-start all the time. That is why we give the referee the decision.”

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