Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has told his squad that had no time ‘to cry their eyes out’ after their 3-0 Premier League defeat at Sheffield United on Saturday.
Frank Lampard’s & co. began the day in third place in pursuit of a Champions League place, but could fall out of the top-four on Monday if both Manchester United and Leicester city win their game in hand.
David McGoldrick put the Blades ahead before Oli McBurney’s fine header had given Chris Wilder’s men a 2-0 before the half-time and David McGoldrick again in the second half seal a stunning strike to given his side victory over the Blues.
‘You tend to learn more from tough moments and tough games,’ Lampard said.
‘The most important thing is that collectively it is not (time) to cry our eyes out.’
Frank Lampard’s side had won five of their six previous Premier League matches, but were roundly beaten on their first visit to Bramall Lane in nearly 14 years.
‘They were better than us physically, better than us mentally, better with the ball,’ Lampard said.
‘They were also stronger than us. With no crowd you can hear every voice. All I could hear were Sheffield United voices.
‘You know if you come here below par collectively, as we did, then something like this is going to happen.
‘We have to put this to bed and keep fighting to finish in the top four. We are still in that race because what we have done this season.
‘I learned a lot today – I learned a lot that I won’t forget. We might be outside the top four when we play again, but it’s not about that right now – I’m more concerned about this performance.
‘I know we can’t approach our games against Norwich, Manchester United, Liverpool or Wolves in the same vein.’