Ross Barkley was right to take the penalty which he missed which cost Chelsea a possible point against Valencia in the Champions League.
Barkley fluffed his lines in the crucial moment, firing his spot kick onto the bar, but Frank Lampard has confirmed the England midfielder is his designated penalty taker when on the pitch.
He was only introduced shortly before Chelsea were awarded the penalty, which was given following a VAR review, and many were surprised neither Jorginho nor Willian were on penalty duties.
But while the latter pair do take spot kicks, Lampard says Barkley was correct to take the ball for the effort from 12 yards.
“Ross is the penalty taker,” said Lampard. “He took some in pre-season and he has been when he has started, and he was today when he came on.
“I don’t know what conversation was, but Jorginho and Willian were penalty-takers until Ross came on the pitch.”
Barkley’s missed penalty condemned Lampard to a defeat on his Champions League debut as Chelsea boss, after Rodrigo scored the all-important goal in a real smash and grab for Valencia.
Lampard, who played 102 Champions League matches for the Blues and captained them to their 2012 triumph, admitted his young team were given a harsh lesson on life among Europe’s elite.
He fielded four Champions League debutants, and Willian and Tammy Abraham went close to breaking the deadlock numerous times before Rodrigo pounced from a set-piece with 16 minutes to go.
“We probably should have won, or at least got a draw,” added Lampard. “We created enough chances, we had the penalty, and we conceded with their one shot on goal.
“It’s a harsh lesson but that’s Champions League football. We should have got more tonight.”
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To rub salt in the wounds Mason Mount had to go off in the opening 15 minutes after former Arsenal midfielder Frances Coquelin left his studs on the inside of the youngster’s shin.
Lampard does not yet know the extent of the injury but said: “It was a shame, he’s been playing well and he started this game well.”