LAMPARD FEELS LOSS WAS A HARSH LESSON

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard feels the loss at Stamford Bridge last night to Valencia was a harsh lesson for his young team. Though Chelsea are quite reputable in Europe, his young team failed to get a goal at home but still they could draw positives.

Lampard said the Blues could have gotten a win from their performance or even a draw as they created decent chances. The retired star turned coach said the result was harsh as they could have converted their chances or the penalty before conceding from one shot on target.

He is looking forward to the rest of the five group fixtures but he deeply feels this one should have been in the bag.

On the injured Mason Mount, Lampard is still waiting on an assessment to know the extent of damage. The youngster picked up an ankle injury in the game, forcing the team to make changes early on.

On the missed penalty, Lampard feels nothing. He said the Englishman was the penalty taker and had done a good job since the pre-season. He said Willian and Jorginho were the penalty takers from the start but Ross Barkley was the man once he was on the pitch.

The coach admitted that losing their first group game at home make the rest crucial but then he also expects his rivals to drop points. With Lille and Ajax back to back away from home, Chelsea would need to get their acts right or have their status threatened. Lampard feels all the teams in the group are strong so they should get points off each other.

Chelsea face Liverpool at home in the League this Sunday before they host Grimsby Town in the Football League on Wednesday.

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