Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is accentuating the positives after his Blues tossed aside a late lead and the chance to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds with one match to spare.
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Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic answered a 40th minute Valencia marker, but Daniel Wass scored in the 82nd minute to send likely both sides behind Ajax (The Dutch side leads 3-0 in Lille with a quarter-hour to play as of this article’s post time).
Chelsea hosts Lille on the final match day while Valencia is away to Ajax, who will have 10 points to the others’ eight.
“It’s a positive that it is now in our hands. We both had incredible chances. We had numerous ones in the first half. I don’t feel fortunate. I didn’t love the match. It can happen in football. It is about if you can get through the game.”
Lampard said that Tammy Abraham‘s hip injury “might not be as severe as we first thought,” as the scary incident has many fearing a long-term injury following his upending in Spain. Lampard called it a “bang on the hip.”
Abraham told Chelsea TV that he feared the worst at the time, saying it was a knee to his hip area and he hopes it’s just bruised.