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Frank Lampard fielded a Chelsea squad that against Manchester United that’s now our youngest average Premier League starting age for many years. It’s the youngest squad Chelsea have fielded in the Premier League era.
The new Chelsea boss handed opportunities to the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount following their impact in pre-season games, and the duo were also outstanding on loan in the Championship last season.
Chelsea were beaten by Manchester United at Old Trafford 4-0 on Sunday, but Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta insists it is the right approach to embed our young talent into the side at this stage.
Azpilicueta said: “We trust in them and they are here because they deserve to be here.
“They are fighting in every training session and now we have a massive opportunity to create a fantastic group. Everyone would like to start the season in a better way but we have to learn from every game and come back stronger.”
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fired Lampard for using youth against experience to face Manchester United. Mourinho also criticised the performance of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Andreas Christensen.
Lampard was shocked Mourinho criticised the performance of Mount and chose to back his youngsters for a good performance.
When told about Mourinho’s criticism of Mount, Abraham and Christensen, Lampard replied: “He didn’t like the performance of Mason Mount? Is that what he said? Did he? wow.
“Well, I can’t drag players out of the medical room to play if they are experienced or not, so these are the players that played in a game that we were clearly the better team for 45-60 minutes.
“What was evident that we made individual errors that led to four goals out of their five shots. So there’s the harsh reality for us.
“I don’t have to be too concerned about what anyone else says, pundit-wise or anyone, they have to speak.
“At the same time, what’s clear is the squad is what we’ve got and I believe in it.
“If we go in at half-time two or three-one up, as we probably should have done if we were more clinical and maybe had a stroke of luck here and there, the game would’ve been completely different.”