Lampard credits half-time talk with Chelsea Capital One Cup turnaround

Frank Lampard has revealed that the Chelsea players had a frank discussion about their first-half performance against Leeds United in the Capital One Cup after going in at the break trailing to their Championship hosts, according to the Daily Mail. The Premier League side scored five times without reply in the second-half to book safe passage to the semi-finals of the competition.

Luciano Becchio gave Leeds their first-half advantage but it was quickly wiped out by Juan Mata, while Branislav Ivanovic, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres gave the final score a commanding look for the visitors.

Lampard credited the result with an increase in tempo by Chelsea, who belied their difficult preparation for the match with their second-half showing. The Blues players only arrived back in England from Japan on Tuesday afternoon, having travelled to Asia to compete in the Club World Cup. Chelsea beat Monterrey in the semi-final but lost 1-0 to Corinthians in the showpiece match.

The England midfielder said: “In the first half we weren’t at our best, a bit slow with the tempo of the game and we gave away a silly goal that allowed them to score.

Once we upped it with a bit of pace in our game you could see a big difference. We had a word with ourselves at half-time. We didn’t make the greatest preparation but there’s no excuse, we had to up it.

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