Football

Rodgers: There were two 
buses parked today

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could only rue his side's inability to break down a defensive Chelsea side in their 2-0 loss at Anfield 
last night.

Said Rodgers: "We just couldn't find the breakthrough - I think there were two buses parked today, never mind one.

"I'm disappointed but I can only pay tribute to my players. The run we were on was exceptional."

His counterpart Jose Mourinho, however, insisted they are not back in the title race.

A point for Liverpool would have made them huge favourites to lift the trophy, but this result brings both Chelsea and Manchester City back into it.

Chelsea appeared out of it after losing at home to Sunderland last week, but goals from Demba Ba and Willian earned them the points 
at Anfield.

MIND GAMES AGAIN

Said Mourinho: "We're back in nothing. At this moment, we are almost third. With Everton's defeat (on Saturday), we were automatically qualified for the Champions League.

"Now with these three points we need one point to finish third. Champions are only one (team) and the champions will be City or Liverpool."

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, however, contradicts his manager.

Lampard told Sky Sports: "It wasn't mathematically impossible before today and certainly not now. We'll keep going. We showed that desire on the pitch.

"We were devastated last week against Sunderland because it was a home game and we wanted to win. But we've bounced back today.

"We changed the team, Tomas Kalas came in for his debut and was absolutely fantastic. Every man out there was brilliant."

Ba's goal came after a slip from Steven Gerrard, who has been instrumental in Liverpool's climb to the top of the table.

Lampard had sympathy for his England teammate, saying: "Of course. It can happen to any player.

"Whether Liverpool go on to win the league or not, this doesn't take anything off the player he is and has been. He's been driving them all season. It's not a nice moment."

Lampard also dismissed criticism of Chelsea's defensive tactics.

"That's the way the game is," he said. "We played to win the game. We've won titles before, we know what it takes.

"If we're going to go away and dig in to win games, that's what we'll try to do.

"Against Liverpool at home earlier in the season, we were fantastic going forward. If we can do that, we'll do that. You have to have both sides to win the league."

Ba has been a bit-part player this season, but it was his second crucial goal in recent weeks after he also sent Chelsea through to the Champions League semi-finals with a strike against Paris St Germain.

He said: "I got this chance, I had to take it and I took it. As a striker you always have to be ready.

"Sometimes you have a lot of chances and sometimes just one chance. We are very happy."

- PA Sport.