Lewis Hall rued Chelsea’s missed chances against Manchester United after they were thrashed 4-1 on Thursday at Old Trafford.
The 18-year-old has grasped the opportunities handed to him this season and Hall took another in Manchester despite another defeat for Chelsea in the Premier League.
Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford completed the rout, Joao Felix netted a consolation goal, as United went onto secure Champions League qualification.
Chelsea were punished for several missed chances, with Hall finding himself unlucky not to have made two assists against Erik ten Hag’s side. Mykhailo Mudryk fluffed his lines from close range, while Kai Havertz could only head Hall’s cross well wide.
Hall‘s disappointment at full-time was evident to see but the versatile youngster, who is currently playing at left-back under caretaker Frank Lampard, tried to seek out the positives as the 2022/23 season draws to a close and focus can begin to be shifted to next season.
Here is every word Lewis Hall told NBC Sports at full-time following the defeat in the penultimate game of the season.
Unsure how it ended up the scoreline it did, right in the game for large parts?
“A little bit. We had chances especially in the first half where, going into half time, we definitely didn’t feel like we should be 2-0 down. But that’s how it has been all season really, struggling to score goals.
“It’s a bit disappointing because we don’t feel out of the game when we should be scoring these chances. It’s not half chances, they’re good chances that other teams put away against us. We need to improve on that.”
“I got a lot of space out wide especially in the first half where I put in a couple of decent crosses. At the end of the day, when you lose 4-1 to Manchester United there’s not much else to say.”
Goal before half time?
“It’s frustrating because 1-0 you’re still in the game, definitely, especially with the chances we were creating. Going into half time at 2-0 it’s even more frustrating . But again, going into the second half the game isn’t done at 2-0, it’s definitely not done. For me, the third goal was more of a killer. Like I said, it’s very frustrating. We all need to take responsibility for that. At the end of the day, we are Chelsea and losing a game like this isn’t acceptable.”
How have you found all of this – change, big squad – but you’ve made progress. What’s it been like for you?
“It’s been really good, but also difficult at the same time. Coming into a side that’s struggling a bit. There’s no doubt about the talent that we have in the dressing room. The squad is amazing, so many talented players. It just takes a while for everyone to gel so it’s been difficult on that part.
“But for me, it’s been a good learning experience to come in, to train and play with these great players. Hopefully I, and we as a team, can push on next season and give the fans back what they deserve and missed this year.”
Looking forward to next season – clean slate, fresh start, going again?
“Yeah, definitely. I think we all are really because we know how frustrating it’s been, not just for us but all the fans, all the staff, everyone, because we’ve all put so much hard work in and there’s no doubt about the work rate and effort we put in. The talent is clearly there, you can see the glimpses of how good we are, but it’s all about just putting it together. Hopefully next season we can come in and have a good pre-season and can hit the ground running.”
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