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When the season started, it looked like it was the Chelsea youngsters who were trying to carry the weight of the club as the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori scored the opening 11 league goals for Chelsea and put in consistent performances.
And of course, we must know that no team can win trophies and excel with just youngsters – there must always be a good mix between youth and experience, something that the Chelsea team is now beginning to enjoy.
Of recent, we have seen the senior players pick up their performances, with Cesar Azpilicueta doing well at right back, Marcos Alonso holding down the left back slot, Jorginho controlling the midfield, N’Golo Kante needs no introduction, Willian has been buzzing from the flanks and even Michy Batshuayi has been churning out good second-half performances when called upon.
What could be the secret to the current form of the more experienced players?
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had been frustrated with the performances of the more experienced players in the squad and wanted to put pressure on them to improve.
The report claims Lampard and assistant Jody Morris took some of Chelsea’s senior players aside and told them to ‘stop leaving it to the youngsters to secure wins’.
Lampard has particularly been pleased with Willian and was full of praise for the new No. 10 after the win against Southampton.
“The balance at the moment is good. It’s nice for me, it’s great to coach because the young players want to improve all the time, but you have to mention the experienced players around them,” Lampard said after Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Southampton.
“Willian was the standout today, without a doubt. If you wanted to show our wingers what we want from them, we would show them a video of his work ethic today, and his quality and burst of pace on the ball.
“In the last four or five games he has been our best player.
“It’s a great thing to say when you have got players who are examples on the pitch around these young boys.”