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UCL: Lampard Believes Chelsea Can Still Reach Semi-finals Despite Defeat To Madrid

UCL: Lampard Believes Chelsea Can Still Reach Semi-finals Despite Defeat To Madrid

Frank Lampard has said Chelsea can still overcome Real Madrid and reach this season’s Champions League semi-final despite losing the first leg tie.

A 10-man Blues Chelsea side lost 2-0 to reigning Champions League holders thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio.

The Blues had to play most part of the second half with 10 men after Ben Chilwell was sent off for fouling a goal-bound Rodrygo.

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However, Lampard, who is on an interim manager insisted capacity at Chelsea, believes the door remained open to the last-four ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge next week Tuesday.

“It’s a big challenge of course, a team of the quality of Real Madrid,” said Lampard.
“The door is open, it’s up to us if we want to kick it open further.

“Mixed emotions about the game. For a period with 11 men, we were in the game, we had some chances. I think we could do better.

“We can utilise our strengths better, especially with the wing-backs, we can be more urgent. Those are things for myself and the staff and the players to work on. I saw opportunity there that we didn’t quite take.

“The spirit was great at the end of the game was great – 10 men for half an hour, you understand a lot of things can happen.

“We have to believe. I have to be the first one to believe this is possible.”

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