Frank Lampard has revealed that he asked Mason Mount to alter his shooting style before the midfielder scored in Chelsea’s victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.
Following their latest win at Wembley, Lampard’s side will now play Arsenal in the FA Cup final on August 1.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Chelsea shortly before half time as his sharp movement eluded Victor Lindelof, while De Gea was unable to produce a save despite the Frenchman’s effort being close to him.
Mount doubled Chelsea’s advantage shortly after the restart with a low-driven shot which De Gea should have kept out, while Harry Maguire’s own goal in the 74th minute put the tie beyond doubt.
Lampard has denied asking his Chelsea players to target De Gea following his error for Giroud’s goal but the 42-year-old has admitted that he wanted Mount to shoot with more power.
Asked if he specifically instructed to target De Gea because of his inconsistent form for United, Lampard said: ‘It wasn’t because I’ve got huge respect for him as a goalkeeper.
‘I know people will always hone in on goalkeepers when they make those errors because they’re critical of them.
‘But all I did say to Mason [Mount] at half-time is that I want to see him strike through balls more.
‘He had a shot in the first-half he tried to whip or bend it, and for me when you’re outside the box against top keepers, and De Gea is a top keeper, you have to strike through them.
‘Of course he didn’t catch it brilliantly and it goes in, probably down as a mistake but it’s more that my job is to worry about my players.
‘With Mason I just wanted him to shoot more.
‘Fortunately three minutes after I said it, he did score.’
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