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Chelsea boss Lampard on Man Utd humbling: The boys are trying

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists a lack of quality finishing was to blame for their 4-1 defeat at Manchester United on Thursday night.

Lampard says they were the superior team in the first-half, despite going into the break 2-0 down.

He said: "The clinical nature in front of goal. We were the better football team in the first half - in possession, chances we matched them at least. To be 2-0 down is probably a sign of where we're at. Second half, probably a sign of where we're at.

"Our goal count for the season shows it's a problem we don't score goals enough. We gave them some threats in the first half but not many in the first half. Some of the defending in the second half showed why we play a back five at times."

"We have to be better than that. It's the end of a long season. There are some technical details inside you have to work daily to do the standards things you say, they are a fact. Maybe with United you see there's some experience at both ends of the pitch that made the game as it was. It's a reality for the players."

He also said: "Any team that wins or consistently gets results has them. Without them the tactics don't matter.

"Training well every day, trying to win, being a collective unit. I understand it's hard for the coaches this year at the club as it's a big squad and I've lived in that. Sometimes you can say maybe it's a factor but as a player you have to put it to the side and focus on your own game.

"Since I've come in I've realised some of the collective standards. We have to realise why the club is where it's at. There's definitely not a lack of effort. I was fortunate to be here for many years, you can be here the next year and see that someone has improved on their standards."

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