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Chelsea were a different animal in the first half against Southampton, as the Blues jumped to a 2-0 lead before the half hour mark, after a brace from Timo Werner.
In-form Danny Ings capitalised on a defensive mistake to score late in the first half and ensure that the game ended 2-1.
Chelsea couldn’t manage the game well and found themselves level in the second half. Kai Havertz put Chelsea ahead to 3-2 in the second half, but Lampard’s side couldn’t see out the game, and ended up conceding a late goal, courtesy of Jannik Vestergaard.
Speaking after the game, a disappointed Frank Lampard admitted that his side must learn better game management.
Lampard said: “I thought the second half was pretty clear cut. They wanted to put us under pressure in our own half, we tried to make too many short passes in our own half, which gave them the possibility to try and win it back there and that made it much more difficult to have the control we had in the first half. When you get 3-2 ahead against a team like Southampton, what you really want is to see out the game, so that’s the disappointing factor from our point of view.
“There’s certainly a game management element to it, when you want to be able to see out a game, kill it off. But we turned the ball over which led to the free-kick, then it’s a second ball, so there are a lot of elements to it.
“You can recreate it in training, you can talk about it a lot, but it’s disappointing obviously when it happens.”