Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said his side were taught a “harsh lesson” in Champions League football after Valencia put a week of turmoil behind them to win 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, reports AFP.
The hosts dominated possession, but were toothless in attack after losing promising midfielder Mason Mount to an early injury and were punished 16 minutes from time when Rodrigo grabbed all three points for the Spaniards.Lampard’s men should still have rescued a point, but Ross Barkley fired a late penalty over the bar.
Valencia had arrived in London still reeling from the unpopular sacking of coach Marcelino last week, who had led the club to two top-four finishes in La Liga and the Copa del Rey last season in his two seasons in charge.
Supporters had called for the club’s Singaporean owner Peter Lim to leave and a number of senior players publicly expressed their disgust with Marcelino’s dismissal.
Los Che were also thrashed 5-2 by Barcelona in Albert Celades’s first game in charge on Saturday, but bounced back with a solid if unspectacular performance that was still good enough to beat a Chelsea side that badly missed the imagination of the departed Eden Hazard.