Frank Lampard says his players failed to carry out his instructions to play long in the dying embers of their 3-3 draw with Southampton on Saturday.
With four minutes of stoppage time added, the ball was cleared to Hakim Ziyech, who was found guilty of overplaying and dispossessed in the middle of the park.
Reece James then conceded a free-kick which led directly to the Saints’ late equaliser from Jannik Vestergaard, which was the ninth goal Chelsea have conceded in their five league games so far this season.
Lampard admits he told his players to get the ball up the pitch more directly, but they didn’t heed his advice.
‘I certainly didn’t want to play brave football in the last moments of the game,’ the English boss said.
‘That was my message to them, that I wanted them to go longer and break the press. I don’t think the players did that enough.
‘We tried to play too much and some of that is ingrained in the players that they want to try and play football.
‘That’s certainly something I am not a big advocate of with high pressure, as something you can do is miss out the pressure to get the ball high up the pitch and use the players at the other end of the pitch.
‘That was probably my biggest disappointment that the players didn’t put into action.’
‘What I am concerned with is game management and, in the game, the players have to gauge that on the pitch, it is part of what being a top player at Chelsea is about.
‘Absolutely, it is the players’ choice. If there is a moment where the players have to see out a game, then we have to do that on the pitch and it isn’t about communication from that point at all.’