Lampard closes Chelsea penalty-taker debate with six-word response

Lampard closes Chelsea penalty-taker debate with six-word response

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed Jorginho has taken over penalty responsibilities from Ross Barkley. 

This came after Chelsea's 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday at the Stamford Bridge, with the Italian opening the scoring from the spot. 

The debate on who is the primary penalty-taker for the club was sparked two weeks ago when Barkley missed a crucial spot-kick in the club's 1-0 home defeat to Spanish side Valencia in the Champions League. 

The former Everton man was a second-half introduction in the match, but 'forcefully' took the penalty despite concerns from Willian, Jorginho and Tammy Abraham, who all wanted to take the responsibilities. 

After the match, Lampard confirmed that Barkley was one of those picked to take penalty duties. 

It, however, seems that the former midfielder has had a change of mind, and after the Italian converted against Brighton, he had this to say; 

"Yes he is, end of the story. He is one of the leaders," he said in response to the question on whether Jorginho is the primary penalty taker.

"We needed the win. We haven’t had a 90-minute game where we’ve controlled it enough. The only disappointment is we didn’t have more goals. A clean sheet as well. It is good for the confidence of everyone," 

"We had a lot of shots first half. But weak finishing and a bit of bad luck. You do start to wonder but you have to remain confident it will come and it did," 

The win saw Chelsea move to sixth in the standings on 11 points after the opening seven matches, 10 behind league leaders Liverpool. 

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