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Chelsea defeated Barnsley 6-0 in our third round Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, and one interesting thing to note about the game was that the visitors didn’t relent.
Barnsley troubled Chelsea with their high press and tested Willy Caballero so many times. They even had 9 shots on goal, with 14 shots in total – showing that they were not pushovers, despite the massive scoreline.
Speaking at the end of the game, Blues boss Frank Lampard admitted that there were things he enjoyed from the game and there were parts of Chelsea’s play he didn’t like.
“It was a very good night,” he said. “I admitted before the game I was treating it like a bit of a training exercise.
“It wasn’t disrespect to the game, because I knew it would be a tough game and we want to win this competition, but the place we’re in now made it into how good could we be off the ball, because last year we were fantastic for big parts of the season at winning the ball back using high pressure.
“We haven’t done that yet this season because of fitness and because of the new shape of the team. Today we started to really see elements of that back in our game.
“And then I had a big concern about how we were on the ball because again we haven’t been as smooth as we can be in the first two games for different reasons. We saw elements of that in the game.
“And then all the individuals and the minutes and the fitness and the combinations within the team were good, so it was a very positive night.”