Lampard warns Abraham after Chelsea crushes palace


London (AFP)

Frank Lampard has warned Tammy Abraham to stick to the ‘rules’ after the Chelsea forward argued with Cesar Azpilicueta over who should take a penalty in Saturday’s 4-0 beating against Crystal Palace.

With Chelsea leading 3-0 in the second half, Abraham wanted to take the Blues’ second penalty instead of Jorginho, who is the team’s kicking expert and had already scored one a few minutes earlier.

Abraham and Timo Werner have discussed who should have him before Chelsea captain Azpilicueta intervened in a briefly heated debate.

He took the ball from Abraham’s hands and gave it to Jorginho, causing a wave of disdain from the striker.

But Jorginho scored again to prove Azpilicueta’s point before Chelsea boss Lampard made Abraham realize he was wrong.

“This has been settled. I want leaders and I don’t mind a bit of conflict. If Tammy wanted to take him because he wants a goal or whatever, then he can put himself in his shoes a bit, ”Lampard told me.

“I appreciate his rush because his performance deserved a goal, but the rules are you don’t get ahead of the list all the time.

Abraham’s outburst, fueled by his desire to score his first league goal this season, couldn’t eclipse Lampard’s fun as Chelsea got back on track.

Embarrassed by a heel injury, Ben Chilwell had a delayed start to his first season with Chelsea after his £ 50million ($ 64million) move from Leicester in August.

But the English left-back is making up for lost time after delivering an influential performance in his third game after two League Cup appearances.

While Lampard has invested in a host of attacking talent since the end of last season, it was here Chilwell’s efforts that shattered Palace’s stubborn defense at Stamford Bridge.

Chilwell’s pounding finish put Chelsea in the lead shortly after half-time and he provided the assist for Kurt Zouma’s header as the Blues doubled their lead.

Jorginho’s penalty double helped Chelsea bounce back from their midweek League Cup loss to Tottenham and end a streak of two successive league games without a win.

The defensive mistakes that contributed to their 3-3 draw at West Bromwich Albion have been erased and, most importantly, Lampard’s men have found their lead against defensive opponents.

“Not too many people put four at Crystal Palace. We just needed to increase the urgency of our game. We had to bring Ben Chilwell into the game, ”Lampard said.

We couldn’t allow Palace full-backs to say that managing the Chelsea frontline was easy.

“Ben Chilwell was fantastic today. His ability to be so high on the pitch, and that’s not a bad thing, and his great quality on the ball. ”

– Coup de grace –

Lampard makes six changes to the team that lost three goals at West Brom last weekend.

With experienced Azpilicueta and Jorginho back in the starting lineup, Chelsea looked more stable and mature.

The first half followed a familiar pattern for Chelsea, who often dominated games without applying the knockout last season.

But this time, they had the solution as the bustling Chilwell finally broke the deadlock in the 50th minute.

Palace defender Mamadou Sakho managed to clear Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross and Azpilicueta hooked the ball to Abraham, whose determined header allowed Chilwell to shoot home from six yards.

Chilwell proved impossible to contain for Palace and he was the catalyst for Chelsea’s second goal in the 66th minute.

Whipping a teasing cross into the wide palace area on the left, Chilwell found Zouma and the defender towered over Sakho to return home.

Chelsea were in charge now and Jorginho made three in the 78th minute when he netted a penalty after Abraham was fouled by Tyrick Mitchell.

Sakho conceded another penalty four minutes later and, after Abraham’s anger, Jorginho kept his focus to make four.


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