Frank Lampard has attempted to explain why Chelsea fell short against Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon, with the Blues suffering a 4-0 defeat.
Lampard will have been hoping for a better start to life as Chelsea manager, but he more than anyone will know that one poor result will not define the season ahead.
Our squad is far from complete, with key players suffering from injury, and the best performances still to come. We recognise this, and so does our manager.
Lampard on SkySports: "We are missing internationals and big players but I don’t want to make excuses. The team we put out today was clearly competing in the game for long periods but we made four mistakes and they were clinical in the way they put them away." #CFC #MUFC #MUNCHE
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 11, 2019
It’s not a matter of making excuses, it’s preventing a fan base wide meltdown by recognising the reality. There is no need to overreact, even after such a negative result on day one.
N’Golo Kante did feature in the end today, but the game was already lost and he didn’t look up to speed. Antonio Rudiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James are all also out.
Give it a few months and we’ll be up there at the right end of the table – we have no doubt.