Frank Sinclair has spoken exclusively to Football FanCast about Chelsea’s defeat to Valencia, in partnership with GentingBet.
The former Blues and Leicester star was commentating the match on Sky Sports, and he admitted it was difficult to stay cool amidst the chaos of Ross Barkley’s penalty miss.
“It was very difficult! My blood was boiling and I was dreading to think of the feelings Frank Lampard and Jody (Morris) would have had because it was a situation where they were pretty helpless.
“I just had a bad feeling about it, the pressure he put himself under, he hadn’t taken a penalty (excluding shoot-outs) for three and a half years, so what made him think that this was the time to take one after such a long period of time was beyond me.
“Valencia were always going to be hard to beat and a difficult opposition, but we could have come away with a point at least, and with that ending it just left a sour taste in my mouth.”
Sinclair was quick to credit the visitors for their dogged performance, but the former defensive ace felt the decision to deploy three centre-backs harmed the Blues in possession.
“Chelsea didn’t move the ball quick enough, from back to front and passing through the lines.
“A big problem was that the three players in defence didn’t really join in the game when they had the ball. Effectively it was seven against ten trying to break down a team who were very organised.”
Lampard will have to wait to find out the extent of Mason Mount’s ankle injury, and Sinclair made no bones about what a crucial loss the Englishman could be.
“He’ll be a big loss, I think he’s affected most of the games he’s played in.
“He’s brought an enthusiasm, he’s brought legs to the midfield, he’s brought an ability for Chelsea to press high up the pitch because of his energy.”
Next up for Chelsea is Liverpool, who were also beaten on Tuesday, and you can catch Sinclair’s verdict on that clash right here later this week.