Lampard defends Jorginho after penalty miss

 

Frank Lampard has claimed he will hold discussions with his Chelsea stars over who will take penalties but maintained he still has faith in Jorginho despite his latest spot-kick failure.

The midfielder hit the post with his first-half penalty in Wednesday night’s 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnodar, his second miss in his last four attempts having also been denied against Liverpool earlier in the season.

During the game in Russia, Chelsea were awarded a second penalty after Jorginho went off following a substitution, with Timo Werner emphatically dispatching.

Lampard insists he will speak to his team about who will take penalties in the future but claims he still has full faith in Jorginho who previously had scored from his first eight spot-kicks.

‘If you take penalties as regularly as he [Jorginho] does, and I did, you are going to miss some,’ Lampard said in a press conference on Thursday.

‘I left it for today, because they slept for four hours. I have no problem with either taking penalties and not just those two, we have many more at the club [who could take them].’

Lampard’s main concern heading into the weekend’s Premier League clash with Burnley is player fatigue due to the demanding schedule of playing twice a week.

‘It makes sense [to rest Thiago],’ he added. I just want to get best out of him. He could have played that game but in context we have to see what is ahead of us. Antonio Rudiger came into the team and played really well which is great, we need competition.

‘We have no clear injuries but we have a tired group that arrived late in the early hours. We will assess them today and tomorrow and we will see where we are at.

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‘With the really heavy schedule of games, playing every three days up until Christmas, we will need everybody.’

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