Frank Lampard was a proud manager of his Chelsea team despite losing the UEFA Super Cup to Liverpool on penalties.
Olivier Giroud’s clinical finish had given Chelsea a first-half lead in Istanbul before Sadio Mane struck twice to put Liverpool ahead. However, Jorginho’s late penalty meant the two teams finished at 2-2 after 120 minutes.
The tie was, therefore, taken into a penalty shoot-out, with Liverpool emerging 5-4 victors following Adrian’s decisive save from Tammy Abraham.
For Lampard, though, there were plenty of positives to take home – especially after losing his first game 4-0 to Manchester United last Sunday in the Premier League.
“After Sunday, tonight was another level, and we were unlucky not to win,” the Chelsea boss told BT Sport.
“We’ve got three games now till the international break and we’ll try to win them all.
“My overall feeling is one of pride. I’m a terrible loser, one of the worst in the world, but I’m happy with the team performance because we were very unfortunate. The way they played, the spirit, desire, quality and effort.
“They had two extra days [of rest] – we played Sunday, they played Friday [beating Norwich City] – so they had more time for recovery and sometimes football is moments of luck. I’m extremely proud.”
Despite turning to older heads on Wednesday, Lampard did introduce youngsters Mason Mount and Abraham during the match.
While the latter missed Chelsea’s decisive spot-kick. he impressed and won the penalty for Jorginho’s equaliser. As for Mount, the 20-year-old came on for Christian Pulisic and thought he scored only for the match officials to deem his effort offside.
“Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham added an extra dimension when they came on, and were unlucky not to score. Tammy needs to keep his head up because that’s part and parcel of being a top player,” continued Lampard.
“I’ve told him not to worry. I’ve missed penalties before, anyone can miss, but what I want to see is the confidence of a young player to step up.
“But people keep talking about the young players at Chelsea. Let’s talk about Jorginho and [N’Golo] Kante, and I could name a few others.
“We’ve got a quality bunch in there, a really good group, and we’re working hard. I’m trying to instil the way I want to play and there were so many good things tonight.”
Chelsea will next take on Leicester City on Sunday for their first home game of the 2019/20 Premier League season.