Revealed: Why Lampard Started Tomori Ahead Of Christensen

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard named a surprise backline in the game against Sheffield United as he paired youngster Fikayo Tomori with Kurt Zouma in defence.

It was Tomori’s first start of the season, as Lampard had started all games this season with a centre-back pairing of Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma.

Lampard knows Tomori from his time in the Championship last season, as the Chelsea academy product did well on loan with Derby County.

Lampard has defended his decision to start Tomori in the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United, and insists that the Chelsea youngster has proven that he deserves to play.

Lampard said: “Tomori played very well for me last year and is training at a really high level and I have competition at centre-back and he deserved to play. I thought he played well. It was just a choice.

“I am trying to work all over the team to get the right combination and Rudiger now is fit after the international break so he gives me another choice.”

Lampard is also hoping to have injured duo N’Golo Kante and Pedro back in time for the game against Wolves after the international break.

He said: “I’m hoping N’Golo will be back for Wolves. The medical team have said to me that with no setbacks he should be, and that will be a big boost. And Pedro should be training by the middle of this week, so he should be fine for Wolves too.”

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