Frank Lampard praises Jorginho despite penalty miss in Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal

Jorginho could be stripped of penalty duties at Chelsea after his latest miss (PA)

Frank Lampard has praised Jorginho despite his penalty miss in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Boxing Day.

Chelsea found themselves three goals down within an hour at the Emirates Stadium as Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka gave the Gunners a commanding advantage.

Tammy Abraham struck in the 85th minute to give Chelsea a lifeline but Jorginho scuppered any chances of a last-gasp comeback as his penalty was saved by Bernd Leno.

When asked if Jorginho, who was brought on as a half-time substitute, will now be taken off penalty duties, Lampard claimed that the decision had not yet been made.

But the Chelsea manager was keen to stress that the Italy international played a key role in Chelsea’s slight improvement in the second half.

‘We’ll see, we’ll see,’ Lampard said when asked if Jorginho will keep taking Chelsea’s penalties.

Jorginho’s hop before striking the ball did not fool Bernd Leno (Reuters)
Bernd Leno celebrates after saving a penalty from Jorginho (PA)

‘I won’t comment on that one at the minute.

‘I will say Jorginho’s performance, he added a lot to the team in the second half.

‘We’ll deal with the penalty going forward.’

Lampard also claimed his Chelsea players got ‘all the basics wrong’ in their defeat to Arsenal, which leaves them six points behind Liverpool, who face West Brom on Sunday.

‘Not good enough first half, better second half but we had too much to do at that point,’ said Lampard.

‘Not good enough on the basics on strengths, pressing, running, speed of pass, trying to play and make angles. All the basics were wrong.

‘I’m not sure if complacency is the word but there was definitely a lethargic approach to the first half that no matter if you were playing Arsenal in a tough moment who have got quality players, or any team in the Premier League, you can’t turn up lethargic.

‘I am concerned with what’s at the bottom of it but I’m not sure it’s complacency but the fact that actually matters is that if you come and play slow on and off the ball you’ll have a big problem trying to get a result.’

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