Chelsea came close last night. We all see it.
However, it was Manchester City’s incredible experience that saw them through. However, Chelsea will take heart from it and know if they were a little more detailed, they could have won.
That is exactly what their boss Frank Lampard had to say as well.
“Coming into the game with our recent form and how we’re developing quickly, recently, I wanted to come here and compete, be brave on and off the ball and I think in the first half you saw all of that,” Lampard told a news conference.
“At 1-0 we had relative control of the game. It’s clear that never lasts if you have one moment, which they had a couple of moments, but we were playing well and there’s a lot of positives but we lost the game, so it shows at this level, the finer details in both boxes are what decide these ones.
“I don’t think you can come away from this game and say anything other than two really strong teams going against each other and one wins it because of a deflected goal and a real moment of quality from Mahrez and the rest is pretty much in the balance.”
“Everyone seems fixated on these couple of games we’ve played,” Lampard said.
“We went toe-to-toe with Liverpool in Istanbul, lost on penalties. Lost at home in the league, pushing for 45 minutes and we’ve lost today with a very good performance.
“It’s moments in the boxes, it’s not something that you can put down to being a rule of going into a game why you’d win it or why you don’t.
“These teams, Liverpool and City, have been getting results for a long time because they work together, work hard and those finer details they get right.”