Frank Lampard not happy with Chelsea performance: ‘A lot of today is on us’

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wasn’t impressed by the performances of his side in their 2-1 loss against Arsenal in the FA Cup final. The Blues did open the score after five minutes through Christian Pulisic, but a brace by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Arsenal to win their 14th FA Cup title.

“We got complacent, took time on the ball like it was a stroll,” Lampard told BBC One. “We didn’t play well enough to win a final. A lot of today is on us. We started well for 10-15 minutes and we can only blame ourselves from that point. A final can never be a stroll and we allowed them back into the game. We were slow, we played back on ourselves, invited pressure.”

The English manager insisted that the many injuries did not help his team. “We didn’t play well enough, we know that in our dressing-room. But we went into the game with Willian pulling out in the last 24 hours or so, same as Reuben Loftus-Cheek, we then suffered two hamstrings, a dislocated shoulder with Pedro maybe.”

“It has been a busy period for us, the players have given a lot, they have given everything and playing with 10 men in the last 20 minutes was a really difficult challenge for them. There were certain circumstances in the game that definitely conspired against us, for no bad reason, it was just how it went. But in terms of football, knowing us, we didn’t play well enough.”