Frank Lampard says that Ross Barkley is Chelsea's designated penalty taker


Chelsea had a nightmare start to their Champions League campaign as they lost at home to Valencia.

The Spanish side came into the clash in turmoil.

The fans and players appear to be extremely angry at the recent sacking of manager Marcelino and lost 5-2 to Barcelona at the weekend.

Chelsea, meanwhile, came into the game having won by the same scoreline away at Wolves on Saturday.

But Rodrygo grabbed the only goal of the game with just 15 minutes remaining.

However, in the 88th-minute, Chelsea had the perfect chance to equalise from the penalty spot.

But there was some disagreement over who would take it.

Ross Barkley grabbed the ball but was seen in conversation with usual penalty taker Jorginho and Willian.

Jorginho has scored 13 of the 14 penalties he’s taken during his career.

Meanwhile, Barkley has scored just two competitive penalties in the last seven years - both coming in the final few minutes during Everton’s 3-0 win over Newcastle back in 2016.


And remarkably, Frank Lampard confirmed that Barkley was, in fact, the designated spot-kick taker.

“Ross has been the penalty taker in pre-season, Ross has been the penalty-taker for us,” Lampard insisted to beIN Sports.

“He missed. He didn’t start the game but he is our penalty taker. It’s just a shame he missed.”


Well, then Lampard deserves criticism for making that decision in the first place.

Chelsea aren’t the first English side to have a squabble over who’s taking a penalty this season, of course.

Manchester United had a similar issue with Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba arguing over who should take a penalty against Wolves. Pogba won the battle with Rashford but lost it with Rui Patricio.

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