Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has condemned the attitude of a number of Chelsea fans seen leaving Stamford Bridge early on Tuesday when their side were 4-1 down against Ajax in the Champions League.
The Blues found themselves trailing by three goals early in the second half with a handful of Chelsea supporters spotted heading for the exits as a result.
But Frank Lampard’s side were far from done and after Ajax had two players sent off the Blues pulled themselves level and even had a winner ruled out by VAR for handball.
The match was a thrilling one to remember and Ferdinand was quick to take aim at the Chelsea fans that walked out on their side far too soon.
“You can’t walk out,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport. “The spirit within this stadium and this club the way they have responded to Frank then you can’t come out of this stadium even at 4-1 down.”
Ferdinand’s stance was echoed by Gary Lineker who added that those fans who did leave will have plenty of regrets.
“We saw fans walking out at 4-1 and they must have said ‘What did I do? Why did I leave?’ when they got home,” Lineker said.
“It just shows you with football you never know. You never give up.”
Lampard for his part never doubted his side had the spirit to fight back and revealed that half-time he even suggested a 4-4 draw was on the cards.
“I told the players at half-time that we could draw the game 3-3, or win it 4-3 or 4-4,” Lampard said.
“I’m not saying that to be clever now, but the few moments that we conceded in the first half was a mixture of our sloppiness and also some bad fortune. I will always be self critical of sloppiness.
“But I felt that we were in the game, Christian and Willian and our pressing off the ball that we were firmly in the game but needed a bit more in the final third.”