- Chelsea have greater worries ahead as they risk elimination from the UCL round of 16 when they face 3-goals-leading-Bayern Munich.
- It was such a disappointing end for Pedro who will be joining AS Roma by the end of the season.
- Frank Lampard hopes his boys gets back in time but not certain they will feature against Munich.
Chelsea await full information regarding Christian Pulisic limping off and Cesar Azpilicueta’s suspected hamstring injury as Frank Lampard talks on key issues, including Pedro’s disappointing ending at Blues.
The 42-year-old lost his FA Cup trophy as manager to Mikel Arteta who came from behind to convert a win. But Lampard didn’t just lose the game as he also lost two key players ahead of his crucial game against Bayern Munich.
The Blues are already 3 goals down on aggregate and any hope of avoiding elimination requires fielding the best in the squad with Frankie open to chances of missing out two of his bests in the current squad.
Pulisic’s presence introduces that form of fear as he could drive in swiftly with the ball upon sighting little leaks in the defense line. The Arsenal game yesterday painted a clear picture of this.Embed from Getty Images
The American had to be replaced in the second 45 minutes during the early hours though as an injury had him limp off the pitch after certain levels of treatments.
In the next couple of days, Pulisic will undergo scans to discover the severity of his injury as Lampard also has Cesar Apilicueta to worry about.
The Captain had to leave the match premature due to a hamstring injury and is to undergo tests in the coming days as well.Embed from Getty Images
“I don’t know the full extent of the injuries,” said Lampard. “But I know the hamstrings with Azpi and Christian – they have to be scanned and assessed over the next few days.
“They clearly won’t be fit for next week [against Bayern Munich in the Champions League].”
What seems to be a happy ending for exiting-Pedro turned sour when he dislocated his shoulder after replacing injured Christian Pulisic.
“I have not seen him as he was whisked away, so it is really a disappointing end for him because it was probably his last game for Chelsea,” Lampard continued.Embed from Getty Images
“He looked bright when he came on and I am disappointed for him and I am going to try and find him as soon as I can to see how he is.”
Frank Lampard went on to share thoughts on the game his side lost control of after taking early lead, “We started well for 10 or 15 minutes, scored a goal and created a few chances and were in control of the game. But after that, we can only blame ourselves from that point in football terms.
“We got complacent. We took too long on the ball, we started playing short passes like it was a stroll. An FA Cup Final can never be a stroll. We allowed Arsenal back in the game and from that point onwards, it’s always going to be difficult.Embed from Getty Images
“A lot of today was on us. In the second half we came out brighter, if Christian goes through and scores as opposed to missing and doing his hamstring – well, the circumstances in the game conspired against us.
“Of course we are disappointed tonight, but over the season as a whole what we have managed to do, come where we did in the league, is a huge plus for us. Today would have been the icing on the cake but it wasn’t to be.”
- Source: Standard
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