Frank Lampard identifies the two areas Chelsea must improve after thrilling Valencia draw

Frank Lampard criticised his Chelsea side following their draw at Valencia (Picture: Getty)

Frank Lampard admitted Chelsea must give away fewer opportunities and convert more of their own chances following the side’s thrilling 2-2 draw at Valencia.

The breathless Group H clash was end to end from start to finish and Carlos Soler was the man to break the deadlock with a calm finish which was immediately cancelled out by Mateo Kovacic just before half-time.

Chelsea appeared on course for victory as Christian Pulisic gave them the lead and Kepa Arrizabalaga saved Daniel Parejo’s penalty, but Dane Wass grabbed a fortuitous equaliser for the hosts at the death.

Valencia (16) and Chelsea (18) had 34 shots between them at the Mestalla and Lampard pulled no punches when criticising his players after the final whistle.

Chelsea and Valencia shared the points at the Mestalla (Picture: Getty)

‘We nearly won it, nearly lost it. It was end to end, not that we wanted it to be,’ the Chelsea manager told BT Sport.

‘It’s difficult to come here, I know that from coming here as a player. When the atmosphere turns, sometimes you’re hanging on, but it keeps it in our hands.

‘Parts of our performance I’m not mad on. We gave away too many chances. We missed a lot as well. That’s something we’re doing a lot of at the minute – not putting our chances away.

‘But you can’t turn away from fact they had a lot of chances. They were arriving in our box too much.

‘Credit to the players for their work-rate and hanging on in there, but sometimes you have to be more secure than that.’

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta admitted after the match that his side must improve their game management.

‘We didn’t manage [the game] well. We had a good reaction to the first goal but when we were 2-1 up we should have created more danger, more chances,’ the defender said.

‘Valencia are a good team, they have quality, and they pushed to the end because they wanted to qualify as well.

‘It was a good game. Both teams wanted to win, they had chances, there was a penalty, VAR – everything.

‘We’d prefer to have the three points but we have qualification in our hands against Lille at home.’

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