Updated: Jun 29
Frank Lampard admitted his side were below par but was happy they sealed a 1-0 win over the Foxes.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says their narrow win over Leicester City on Sunday evening was satisfying.
Following a below-par display in the first half at the King Power Stadium, substitute Ross Barkley’s 63rd-minute strike helped the Blues book a spot in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the 1-0 win, Lampard, who won the competition four times as a player with Chelsea, said he wants his side to channel their attention to securing a Champion League spot.
He said: "The result was satisfying and getting to the semis was satisfying. We weren't our usual selves today. We were below what we usually produce. But I am happy with the result. We won the game and must learn from some of the mistakes in our game.
"I don't want to sound too down after this. You have to show the grit to get a win when you don't play well. We go on to the next one. We can park the Cup and focus on getting the league wins to be in the Champions League."
On taking off young players like Billy Gilmour at half-time, the ex-Derby County boss replied: "It is a learning experience. I could have taken more off, or other players off. I am not pulling those out on their own. They will be top players for this club and have top careers. But if I have to do something in games I will do it. It was one of those games where I had to do something. They will take it on the chin.
"We were gifting Leicester space and ease to win the ball back. We are fortunate they didn't take those chances. All thee subs, in their own way, livened up the performance.
On match-winner Ross Barkley, he said: "I love to work with the midfield players and the ones who want to get forward. Ross has a better left foot than me. He is always going to be a goal threat."