Lampard: Chelsea had a word

Frank Lampard admitted Chelsea 'had a word' before a second-half comeback knocked old rivals Leeds United out of the Capital One Cup.

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Frank Lampard: Pleased with Chelsea's second-half revival in their 5-1 win a

Frank Lampard: Pleased with Chelsea's second-half revival in their 5-1 win a

Chelsea had trailed to a Luciano Becchio strike in their quarter-final at Elland Road but they turned the match around.

Goals from Juan Mata, Branislav Ivanovic, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres did the damage and booked a semi-final with Swansea City.

"We upped it," Lampard told Sky Sports. "In the first half, we weren't at our best, a bit slow with the tempo of the game and we gave away a silly goal that allowed them to score.

"Once we upped it with a bit of pace in our game, you could see a big difference.

"We had a word with ourselves at half-time."

Chelsea flew back into London from the Club World Cup on Monday but the journey from Japan did not appear to take any toll in the second half, especially once Mata equalised just a minute after the restart.

Lampard said: "We didn't make the greatest preparation but there's no excuse, we had to up it.

"The early goal gave us the impetus, we believed from then on and we didn't think we could lose the game.

"Some of the football we played, we opened them up and showed what we could do."

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