“He didn’t like the performance of Mason Mount? Did he say Mason Mount?” the boss asked when he was told what Jose said about his lineup.

I can’t drag people out of the medical room, whether they’re experienced or not. The players we played today, and on the bench, are the players we have.

“I don’t have to be too concerned about what anyone else says – the pundits – but what is clear is the squad we’ve got and I believe in it.

We were clearly the better team for 45 or even 60 minutes, but we made individual errors that led to four goals from five shots. That’s the harsh reality.”

Lampard the added he has to rely on what he has at his disposal at the moment due to different reasons:

“In terms of the squad, we knew we couldn’t bring players in the summer, but I know and I believe we have got really talented young players. So let’s be clear – with the injuries we’ve got at the minute, and the fact we couldn’t bring in players, this is going to be a work in progress to a degree.

“There were lots of elements I liked, but four or five elements I didn’t like, which were fatal for us. I couldn’t bring in players that most managers of a club like Chelsea can bring in, the players to play the way you want to play. But I’m not going to complain too much about that. I want to work with what I have.”