Frank Lampard says ‘special things can happen at Stamford Bridge’ and at this point, all Chelsea can do is hope that’s still true.
Chelsea’s interim manager insists they can still progress in the Champions League despite Wednesday’s 2 – 0 defeat to Real Madrid.
Presumably, his history with the club was the main factor in the decision to appoint him as interim. Chelsea have been chaotic before. They’ve prevailed when their backs were against the wall before but they’ve never had a season like this.
In the wake of Roman Abramovic’s departure, Frank Lampard is Chelsea’s third manager of the season. They’ve failed to score in four straight matches in all competitions for the first time since 1993.
“It’s a big challenge against a team with a quality of Real Madrid, but the door is open; it is up to us whether we want to kick it open further next week,” Frank Lampard said. “We have mixed emotions about tonight’s game. With 11 we were in it and had some chances. I definitely think we can utilise our strengths better. There are things to work on and I can see opportunities there from tonight. We have to believe it is possible: a percentage of the game is mindset, a belief.
“The fans will believe,” Lampard added. “They will come and support us. They are realistic: we’re 2-0 down against Real Madrid, but that is done now. And I have been involved in games before where we have changed it. We are in a different place now and maybe that’s a good thing: we’re in a place where we want to prove people wrong, to change the tone, to change the story.
“But I just said to the players that special things can happen at Stamford Bridge. They are a very good team, but we have to believe.
“We were down to 10 men against Real Madrid. It was a difficult night for the lads. It will be different next week. We’re not favourites: we weren’t favourites yesterday and we’re not favourites today, but that’s football. The possibilities are there if we can take them.”