Following Chelsea’s 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has given his verdict on the referee’s decision to award Arsenal a penalty and also send Mateo Kovacic off.
According to Lampard, the penalty decision was right but the red card to Kovacic was incorrect.
Asked about his thoughts on the penalty decision and the Kovacic sending off, Lampard said: “I thought it was a penalty and it wasn’t a sending off. I think that is pretty clear.”
Lampard also believes the players are to blame for the defeat to Arsenal.
Speaking to the BBC, Lampard said: “We started well for 10-15 minutes and we can only blame ourselves from that point.
“We got complacent, we took time on the ball like it was a stroll and we allowed them into the game.
“It’s hard to get back into the game then. A lot of today is on us.
“All I can do from the sidelines is shout! There are elements in our game that we have worked hard on all year but that is in you as a group.
“Today we were slow, we played back on ourselves, invited pressure. We didn’t play well enough to win a final.
“I’m not even thinking about next week, it all came together for us today, two hamstrings, a dislocated shoulder.
“It’s the end of a long, long season and it was the tipping point for us.”