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Won’t let anyone off the hook: Lampard

Updated on: 20 April,2023 07:59 AM IST  |  London

Chelsea interim boss Frank insists players must find motivation to do well in rest of the season after losing 0-2 (0-4 aggregate) to Real Madrid in second leg

Won’t let anyone off the hook: Lampard

Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, Reece James (centre) and N’Golo Kante (right) wear a dejected look after their defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final second leg in London on Tuesday. Pic/Getty Images

Rodrygo scored twice as Real Madrid cruised into the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday, completing an emphatic 4-0 aggregate win against Chelsea that ends a disastrous season for the London club. The home team, with Frank Lampard back in the dugout for a second spell, came into the match at Stamford Bridge with form and history against them. They started brightly but rued a number of huge missed chances that would have heaped pressure on the defending champions. The Spanish giants made Chelsea pay for their profligacy when Rodrygo scored in the 58th minute after a speedy counter-attack and he made it 2-0 with 10 minutes to go. 

Real’s Ancelotti satisfied

“We suffered a lot and helped us stay at 0-0 at the end of the first half,” Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti told BT Sport. “Second half we were much better and scored the two goals. We are happy to have qualified.” Chelsea, the 2021 European champions, have now lost all four of their matches since Lampard returned to the club as caretaker boss earlier this month in place of the sacked Graham Potter. Lampard, who also managed the club from 2019 until early 2021, bemoaned his team’s profligacy.

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard

“We played really well for 60 minutes,” he said. “We created chances but you have to take them.” The former Chelsea midfielder said his men must find motivation from playing for the club as they contemplate a bleak final few weeks of the season. “You’re playing for Chelsea,” he said. “So regardless, every game you play you have to give everything. I won’t let anyone off the hook and we have to show. That standard cannot drop.” Ancelotti stuck with the same team that won the first leg 2-0 last week while Chelsea caretaker boss Lampard restored Reece James, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante to his line-up. Roared on by an expectant crowd despite their current woes, the home side made a good start against the 14-time winners.

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They had a glorious chance to take the lead but Kante skewed his left-foot shot wide from about 12 yards. The visitors, content to bide their time, looked sharp on the break. Midway through the opening period Rodrygo created space for himself and thumped an effort against the outside of the post from an acute angle while Luka Modric tested Kepa. But Chelsea should have been ahead on the stroke of half-time when James fizzed a ball across the box from the right and it fell to Marc Cucurella at the back post. The defender took a touch and shot but Thibaut Courtois came flying out of his goal to save. 

Milan through to semis

Meanwhile, AC Milan reached the semi-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday after Olivier Giroud struck the crucial goal in a 1-1 draw at Napoli which completed a 2-1 aggregate victory over their fellow Italians.

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