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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is building a youthful side, and the Blues boss has given Premier League debuts to four academy players already this season – Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour, with the first three a core part of Lampard’s team.
The first eleven league goals for Chelsea this season were scored by the academy youngsters, but Lampard chose to praise the experienced players after the game against Brighton, with Jorginho and Willian scoring the two goals in that game.
Lampard said: “Everyone has been drawn to talking about the young players but they will always need experienced players around them. You’re talking about Jorginho with the coolness of head to score the penalty, and Willian who not only created chances for himself and got his goal but showed fantastic work ethic as well.
“Those are the standards. Some of the experienced players can set those standards and the young players must follow.”
Despite the dominant performance from the Blues, Chelsea couldn’t register a goal in the first-half against the Seagulls, and it was two second-half goals from Jorginho and Willian that gave Chelsea the victory.
Lampard revealed after the game that his half-time talk to the players was to keep going in the same momentum and that the goal will come.
He said: “The performance pleased me. My message to the players at half-time was not to get despondent, not to get flat or sloppy, which we did in moments in the first half. The key was to keep playing at pace because we were creating a lot.
“There was a different feel today. When the ball moved quickly, it looked good. Mason was moving it quickly, Willian was getting his shots away and moving people, Tammy was all-action. I felt the goal was coming and it was important to say that to the players and for them to take that back out because they deserved something to drop their way. The penalty was that moment.”