Why I Did Not Allow Barkley Take Penalty Against Grimsby- Lampard Reveals

  • Showers encomiums on two youngsters

Chelsea gaffer, Frank Lampard, has explained why he did not allow the club’s spot-kick specialist for the season, Ross Barkley, from taking the penalty awarded to the club on Wednesday evening while playing Grimsby Town in Third Round of the Carabao Cup.

The coach also showered encomiums on the duo of Billy Gilmour and Marc Guehi for their performance in the 7-1 victory.

Goals from Ross Barkley, Michy Batshuayi, Pedro, Kurt Zouma, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi gave Lampard’s men the needed victory to proceed to the next stage against the League 2 side at Stamford Bridge.

“The good thing is that I can choose things and I chose Pedro for the penalty and as captain,” Lampard told reporters at Stamford Bridge after the match.

He added: “Pleasing on lots of levels. Not complete, we gave some minutes to some others who haven’t played and some youngsters improved the team when they came on.

“Billy Gilmour superb, Marc Guehi solid. Now it’s about where they go with this. It says a lot about the academy, the chance to mix the team was something that I had to take up.

“It says that we have good young players, but now it’s about confidence and their levels. I wasn’t happy at half-time, the goal was a disaster, I showed them a video of the danger, and that could cost you.”

Chelsea will now take on Premier League rivals, Manchester United in the next round to be played in October.

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