Cape Town - Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes
it will be important for his players to react strongly after their
2-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday.
The Blues' six-game winning run came to an end as they were beaten
2-1 by the Premier League champions at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
It is a measure of the London club's progress under new boss Lampard,
who has had to rely on youth due to a transfer embargo, that losing to a
side that won the treble last season is considered a disappointment.
However Lampard says the defeat can do them the world of good, and is
one they have to 'take on the chin' and move on from quickly.
The Blues boss has lofty ambitions for Chelsea. Manchester City are
the benchmark for his young side and defeats like the one at the Etihad
is all part of the learning process for his side.
"Where we want to get to means we might come here and win (in future)
and it might mean we can win titles, and win going forward, so I like
seeing them disappointed." Lampard said. "I think that that just shows
the next question is the reaction we have."
Chelsea had gone into the game above City in the table and they took
an early lead through N'Golo Kante before goals from Kevin De Bruyne and
Riyad Mahrez won it for the hosts.
Lampard admits his side are probably exceeding expectations this term
but has warned against complacency and has stressed the need to respond
to the loss in the right way.
"In football the curve will go downhill very fast if you don't keep
on yourself and take a lot of the lessons from Saturday and take them on
moving forward," he added. "Now our test is can we bounce back from a
defeat when we are used to winning, because that is another challenge
for us all."
Chelsea are next in action when they entertain Valencia in the
Champions League on Wednesday night, before West Ham visit on Saturday.
- TeamTalk Media