Date Posted: Tuesday 5 November 2019 10:51
Frank Lampard has admitted he will struggle to objectively analyze Chelsea's 4-4 draw with Ajax, but praised the value of the entertainment.
His young Blues side recovered from three goals behind, losing 4-1 in the early stages of the second half, capitalizing on two red cards for the Eredivisie champion.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had dramatically claimed the three points for the Blues, only to see his 78-minute goal fail in a handball review against Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea had already looked set for the heaviest home defeat in the Champions League after the Dutch club rose 4-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Abraham's opening goal was annulled by Jorginho's penalty after a foul on Christian Pulisic before Qunicy Promes's header, a goal by Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and Donny Van De Beek's goal that put the visitors under full control.
But after Ajax defenders Daley Blind and Joel Veltman were given second yellow cards within a minute, Lampard's side fought back in sensational style.
"I can't explain the game," he told BT Sport after the match.
“For all the things we can analyze, the madness of the game, we're here for entertainment, I suppose, and anyone who watched it should say that football game. Respect for Ajax, what a show.
"I don't think I played a game like that. The two goals were the story of the first half. I said at the break it was 3-3 or 4-4, we were in the game."
Now everything is played in the last two games, as Ajax, Chelsea and Valencia are tied at seven points in the Champions League group.
Ajax and Valencia have yet to face each other, so Chelsea remain the master of their own fate, but face a complicated trip to Mestalla to face Valencia, who beat Lille 4-1 tonight.
"We looked dangerous and I felt we would create momentum," added Lampard.
“Overall, I'm not happy, this is the Champions League and we made a lot of mistakes.
“The greatest pleasure is the spirit that the whole stadium showed. I can't give you much about the red cards, I really didn't see what they were.
“At the break I would have tied for sure. Let's consider what it was like. I expected about 10 minutes of extra time, not knowing where four came from. "