Franck Lampard has heaped praise on his team after Chelsea recovered from a three-goal deficit to snap up a point against Ajax in the Champions League and clinch a 4-4 draw
The Blues’ erratic defensive performance and a couple of sloppy mistakes helped the Lancers take a 3-1 lead into halftime on Tuesday night.
Things went from bad to worse for Lampard’s men after Donny van de Beek placed a low shot behind Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 55th minute to make it 4-1 for the visitors.
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The Premier League side refused to give up and disappoint the fans at Stamford Bridge, with the captain Cesar Azpilicueta pulling one back for the hosts in the 63rd minute.
The Spaniard’s goal actually initiated Chelsea’s stunning comeback, with Jorginho’s penalty and Reece James’ half-volley canceling out Ajax’s lead following the expulsion of Daley Blind and Joel Veltman.
Although Azpilicueta completed the turnaround in the 78th minute, his goal was righteously disallowed after VAR intervention, leaving everyone in the stadium on the edge of despair.
Lampard was, nonetheless, quick to hail his team’s display in the second half as well as their ‘spirit and character.’
“The spirit that we showed and the character was something that I loved, and I think our fans loved. We need to tighten up for sure, but with that spirit, we can go places,” the Englishman said after the game, as reported by The Telegraph.
“Today was a mad one. I don’t think there are too many I can even compare it to from my day. I know we had 4-4s with Liverpool and some crazy games. This one is hard to put into perspective. For everything it was, for the spectacle it was, it is certainly up there.”
“I’m relieved from the position at half-time, although I told the players at half-time that we could draw the game 3-3 or win 4-3, or it might be 4-4,” said Lampard. “I just felt that the few moments we conceded in the first half were a mixture of our sloppiness and also some bad fortune.
“We just needed a bit more, a bit more in the final third to lift the spirit in the stadium. I’m delighted with that part of it, and we’re probably a bit disappointed in the last 10 minutes not to win it. But in the cold light of day, we were 4-1 down, so it was a good result.”
After Tuesday’s draw in London, Chelsea and Ajax allowed Valencia to reduce the gap, as all teams now have seven points, six more than dead-last Lille.