Frank Lampard had words of support for Mason Mount, words of praise for Edouard Mendy and words about his words with Jose Mourinho after Chelsea’s exit from the Carabao Cup on penalties.
The Blues held a 1-0 lead for much of the game, given to us by Timo Werner’s first goal for the club. That was until the 84th minute when Erik Lamela equalised for the home side and with the regulations in the Carabao Cup this season taking the tie straight to penalties with no extra-time, it would be decided in the manner of our last meeting with Spurs in this competition, the semi-final two seasons ago.
Unfortunately, on this occasion the shoot-out did not go our way and after nine penalties had been dispatched, Mount, knowing he had to score, clipped the outside of the left post with his attempt.
Before his thoughts on that moment, Lampard looked at the game overall and the way that after a strong Chelsea first half, our opponents came back into it.
‘We were dominant and wanted to score more goals at that point because of the amount of possession, and we had a couple of chances,’ he said.
‘I think Tottenham would have felt that hard and they changed their game, they went longer in their build which meant our press, which had been fantastic in the first half, was not so relevant up the pitch. They turned us around and we had to go backwards rather than press forwards and then it became very difficult.
‘We could have been better on the ball in the second half and maybe dealt with that physical nature of the Spurs game but even so, they had some chances second half and so did we, and at 1-0, one goal finishes it and we didn’t get that.’
On the effect that missing a decisive penalty will have on a young player like Mount, Lampard said:
‘I don’t think it should be a shattering blow. It is a disappointing night to get knocked out of the Carabao Cup, but Mason will have many more nights for this club and his country when he will play in games with huge importance on them and he will be the deciding factor in a positive way.
‘He has my support at all times, and the team’s and everyone around him. You miss a penalty and it is a collective when you get this far in a game like this.’
Mendy’s debut between the posts was assessed.
‘I thought he was very good,’ said the boss. ‘He made a couple of good saves, one particularly good. He caught a few balls and even the one when he came for it and didn’t catch, the idea that he wants to and wants to be positive is not a bad thing. I was very pleased with every part of his game really.’
In the first half there was quite a lengthy contretemps between Lampard and Mourinho on the touchline with Mourinho in his press conference afterwards claiming his were words from an old coach to a young coach, advising his former player that it is when a team is losing that it needs its coach to be a protagonist, not when it is winning.
‘We were having some fun on the line,’ was Lampard’s take. ‘I get on well with Jose and he said that to me, I commented on the fact he seemed to speak to the referee more than to his players, so it was just a moment for us.
‘I have a huge amount of respect for Jose no matter what we say on the touchline. I think he was probably feeling the sense of the first half and how it was but all was well at the end of the game and that will never change.’