After criticizing his team selection for the 4-0 loss to Manchester United, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard struck back at Jose Mourinho.
Lampard’s first competitive match at the Premier League club’s helm finished in a massive failure at Old Trafford, where Marcus Rashford scored a brace to go with the goals from Anthony Martial and Daniel James.
Former Chelsea boss Mourinho, who is working for Sky Sports, criticized Lampard’s selection, stating more experienced players like N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso, and Olivier Giroud should have started, questioning Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, and Andreas Christensen’s performances.
Lampard seemed shocked by the remarks of Mourinho, stating that injuries had an influence on his side’s season opener against United.
“He didn’t like the performance of Mason Mount? Is that what he said? Did he? Wow,” he told a news conference.
“Well, I can’t drag players out of the medical room to play if they are experienced or not, so these are the players that played in a game that we were clearly the better team for 45-60 minutes.
“What was evident that we made individual errors that led to four goals out of their five shots. So there’s the harsh reality for us.
“I don’t have to be too concerned about what anyone else says, pundit-wise or anyone, they have to speak. At the same time, what’s clear is the squad is what we’ve got and I believe in it.
“If we go in at half-time 2-1 or 3-1 up, as we probably should have done if we were more clinical and maybe had a stroke of luck here and there, the game would’ve been completely different.”
Both Giroud and Kante were sent onto the pitch, while in the second half Christian Pulisic also made his Premier League debut.
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Lampard explained his decision not to start the United States International, who arrived recently to the club after being signed in January from Borussia Dortmund for a £ 58 million (€ 62.3 million) reported.
“Christian Pulisic is 20 years old. He will be a fantastic player for the club. He has got great ability. You saw little moments with his acceleration on the ball,” he said.
“But I have also got other options in midfield and in those areas, and I don’t want to stick Christian straight into the fire without trying to help him along the way. It was one of those games where I felt it was better to start with Ross [Barkley] and Mason, who have been very strong in pre-season, and bring Christian on.
“If the game had carried on at 1-0, or we were back in the game as we should have been, he would have been a great injection. In the end it was difficult for him because the game went quickly away from us.”
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