Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has opened up on why star striker Timo Werner was not one of his five penalty takers in the Carabao Cup shootout defeat by Tottenham.
Lampard explained after the game that he did not take the chance to step up to the spot because of a cramp.
‘’We spoke to the players,’’ said Lampard afterwards. ‘’You work on penalties and try and have a plan but it’s very difficult to know.
‘’Timo had some cramp at the end and Timo would have probably taken one so we had to adjust around that.’’
In the shootout, all of the first nine penalties were scored, with Eric Dier, Tammy Abraham, Erik Lamela, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Jorginho, Lucas Moura, Emerson and Harry Kane all successfully finding the net.
Then, rather than Werner it was Mason Mount who stepped up for the decisive kick, but he could only find the outside of the post and Chelsea were knocked out.
Mount’s missed spot-kick means Tottenham go through to the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, and they will find out their opponents for the next stage of the competition on Thursday.