Chelsea can take positives from Super Cup loss
There were plenty of positives to take for Chelsea after their UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool.
Chelsea may have ended up missing out on the UEFA Super Cup as they went down to Liverpool on penalties but there were plenty of positives Frank Lampard can take from the performance.
The Blues were well beaten by Manchester United in their Premier League opener at the weekend as they went down 4-0 at Old Trafford.
Had it not been for a few mitigating circumstances – the ban on signing players during the summer and the fact Lampard is a club legend – that loss alone could have led to speculation over the manager’s long-term future but their response on Wednesday in Istanbul was admirable.
Mount and Abraham stood out
Lampard has to call on his youngsters this season and Mason Mount, who worked with the Blues boss on loan at Derby last season, and Tammy Abraham managed to impress.
Both played in the Championship last season, with Abraham on loan at Aston Villa, but the duo showed they can compete against top quality opposition in the defeat to Liverpool.
The duo were introduced as late substitutes and Mount was a constant threat from midfield as he saw an effort ruled out for offside and forced a fine save from Adrian in extra-time, after Abraham had held the ball up and laid it off to him.
Abraham won Chelsea’s spot kick in extra time to drag the game into penalties but then he saw his effort saved in the shoot-out after the first four takers had scored for the Stamford Bridge club.
That may impact on his confidence, but it shouldn’t detract from what was overall a strong display from the young striker.
Pulisic arrived in the summer from Borussia Dortmund in a deal that was agreed back in January. There is real pressure on the USA international as the only new face in the squad, and he has to attempt to fill the sizeable void left by the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
The 20-year-old failed to really make his mark in a 33-minute cameo against United but hit his stride against the Reds and he looks set to be a key player for Chelsea in the campaign ahead.
In the closing stages of extra time Chelsea looked the more likely of the two sides to find a late winner.
The Blues showed a real desire to fight back after Liverpool took the lead via Sadio Mane on 95 minutes and Lampard already looks to have developed a real sense of unity within his squad of experienced pros and hungry youngsters, and that can only be a good thing going forward as Chelsea embark on their new era under the former England international.