It was undoubtedly a frustrating night for Chelsea and their supporters, with Frank Lampard sharing in the frustration. Throughout the 90 minutes, Chelsea’s players encountered moments of frustration that extended beyond the 4-1 defeat.
Before the game slipped away, signs of frustration were already evident. Players on the ball found themselves perplexed as they looked for movement from their teammates ahead, often raising their heads and arms in disbelief. Enzo Fernandez’s discontent was palpable when Mykhailo Mudryk mishandled the ball, disrupting Chelsea’s attempt to test the opposition goal.
As the match progressed, Chelsea’s frustration grew. Fernandez engaged in a heated exchange with Jadon Sancho after the former Borussia Dortmund star made physical contact with the World Cup winner following Bruno Fernandes’ second-half penalty. Fred stepped in to defuse the situation, and several players converged in the penalty box, with Kepa Arrizabalaga playing the role of peacemaker.
In hindsight, having more teammates support Fernandez might have provided a sense of camaraderie and reassurance. Fofana attempted to separate Fernandez from Fernandes, while Trevoh Chalobah tried to mediate. However, when a team is trailing, emotions tend to run high, making it seem like composure has been lost.
Likewise, Christian Pulisic found himself rattled by David De Gea. The American winger contested Azpilicueta’s cross with the goalkeeper, leading to physical contact. De Gea responded with a push, and Victor Lindelof ensured that Pulisic could not get closer, despite his evident frustration.