Frank Lampard has vowed to not “let anyone off the hook” after Chelsea slipped out of the Champions League with another 2-0 loss to Real Madrid.
The Blues suffered their fourth successive defeat in as many games as a Rodrygo double condemned them to a 4-0 aggregate quarter-final defeat.
Chelsea’s latest loss means Lampard has overseen the club’s worst run across all competitions for close to three decades since his return as interim boss.
Though much-improved from Santiago Bernabeu last week, the former midfielder still needs to see standards rise, and says he will not let any player off lightly.
“You’re playing for Chelsea,” he told BT Sport. “Every game you play, you have to give everything. I won’t let anyone off the hook and we have to show. That standard cannot drop.
“We played really well for 60 minutes. We created chances, but you have to take them. You don’t want to praise the performance too much when you lose at this level.
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“But we were much improved. This club has been further in this competition and the players can take this feeling forward with them for the future.”
Conor Gallagher echoed his manager’s words too, acknowledging Chelsea failed to seize their opportunities as their goal drought continues to blight them.
Having found the back of the net just once since the start of April, the England midfielder stressed they must take the positives into the final weeks of the Premier League season.
“Football is all about taking your chances, which we didn’t do today,” he added. “Of course, we are going to be gutted. We haven’t got that [cutting edge] at the minute.
“But that was definitely a big improvement on recent performances. We’ll take it one game at a time. Hopefully we can build on the performance because I feel it was positive in a way.”
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