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Five Chelsea academy graduates featured in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Lille as the Blues picked up their first win in the Champions League this season.
Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham all started the game, while Callum Hudson-Odoi came on in the second half. For James and Hudson-Odoi who are just returning from injury, this was their Champions League debut, while for all five of them it’s their first Champions League game away from home.
Indeed the youngsters didn’t look underwhelmed at the big occasion as Tammy Abraham opened the scoring from a Fikayo Tomori pass, while Hudson-Odoi made the assist for a late Willian goal.
Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has hailed the youngsters for having a good game and encouraged them to keep improving.
“It was very positive to see these young lads involved in the Champions League, and a great experience for all of them,” said Azpilicueta.
“For a few of them it was their first Champions League game, for some of them it was their first game away from home. Hopefully we can all live that kind of night for a long time.”
The Chelsea skipper admitted that Lille was a tough opposition and was pleased with the three points at the end.
“It was a good result,” continued the skipper. “We were coming from a difficult moment against Valencia. We knew Lille would be tough and they showed why. We were controlling the game well in the first 25 minutes until we conceded from a set-play. We had to dig in to get the three points.”