Lampard: Chelsea will bounce back

Frank Lampard vowed “Chelsea will be back” despite their season ending with a whimper against Real Ma­drid in the Champions League.

Chelsea exited the competition with a humbling 4-0 aggregate loss to the holders asRodrygo double condemned the Blues to a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, 11th in the Premier League table and 17 points off the Champions League spots with only seven games left to play, now face a season outside of Europe’s premier competition, leaving them with little to play for in the remaining weeks of the campaign.

“People will make a lot about this season as we’ve had so much success, but the reality is: this club will be back,” Lampard said.

“It will take work and a bit of process. I think the fans appreci­ated the performance today, there have been times this season where they haven’t felt that so we have to latch onto that and get results until the end of the season.

“We’ve been fortunate to have so much success, many clubs would dream of having our success with Premier League’s and Champions League’s. Maybe this is the year where we aren’t where we want to be – could be to do with transitions. A few years ago we didn’t make the Champions League then Chelsea won the Premier League the next year, so we can be too short term with it. There are places we need to im­prove as a club. The game tonight shows that as we played a good game and we lost.

“There are new players here getting used to the club, it hasn’t been easy. Some of the greatest players in the Premier League, when they first arrive need time even when teams are flying. When they find their feet, they fly. That’s the case with some of our players in terms of transitioning.” -SkySports

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