Lampard calls for more after cup final loss

02 August 2020 20:38:11 GMTPlus10

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes his side looked "complacent" in their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Lampard's Blues, who achieved a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League this season, took the lead after only five minutes at Wembley courtesy of American maestro Christian Pulisic.

But Arsenal responded inside the first half hour when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the penalty spot after having been brought down in the box by Cesar Azpilicueta.

We started playing short passes like it was a stroll. An FA Cup final can never be a stroll.

Frank Lampard

Chelsea lost both Azpilicueta and Pulisic to injuries either side of the break and things went from bad to worse for the Blues when Aubameyang doubled his tally with an audacious chip over Willy Caballero.

Mateo Kovacic was controversially shown a second yellow card by Anthony Taylor, reducing Chelsea to ten men, and they failed to find a way back into the game meaning Arsenal secured their record-extending 14th FA Cup title and a place in next season's Europa League group stage.

Speaking after the match, Lampard said: "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 - a lot of today was on 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."

Meanwhile, Chelsea are 6.00 to beat Bayern Munich on Saturday, with the German champions 1.44 to win and a draw in the pair's Champions League last-16 tie 5.25.

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