Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was proud of the way his players picked themselves up to draw 2-2 with Liverpool in the Super Cup before losing on penalties.
The Blues kicked off their Premier League campaign with a crushing 4-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford and were the underdogs to win in Istanbul. However, Olivier Giroud gave the west Londoners a first-half lead before Sadio Mane’s strike after the break took match into extra time.
Jorginho replied from the spot after Mane had doubled his tally for the night and the match was decided from 12 yards out. Reds goalkeeper Adrian was the hero, keeping out Tammy Abraham’s spot kick to ensure that it was the Champions League winners who lifted the trophy.
Many pundits felt that Chelsea might succumb meekly to the Anfield juggernaut after their Manchester woes but they battled hard, much to the delight of Lampard.
“I’ve got nothing but pride in the team and the performance, and confidence in what that means,” he told BT Sport. “It was a tough game against a good Liverpool team that had extra time to recover after the weekend. But sometimes football comes down to little moments of luck.”
Liverpool chief Jurgen Klopp was a happy man after the shootout but, with a trip to Southampton on Saturday, could have done with the game finishing in 90 minutes. “Nobody in the stadium wanted extra time, it was a killer,” he said.
“I’m not sure about the penalty but who cares now.” The Merseysiders are 1.44 to beat the Saints (6.50) while Chelsea are 1.75 favourites to get the better of Leicester City (5.00) on Sunday.