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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard started Reece James ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta for Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Lampard has revealed Azpilicueta accepted his decision to rest him and play James instead against Crystal Palace.
“He [Azpilicueta] took it, as I thought he would do, as a perfect professional and it was not a problem,” Lampard said, according to Chelsea’s official website.
“He wants to play, of course he does, but I think he also understands the quality of Reece.
“He’s played every game barring the Carabao Cup, and every minute of the games, so I don’t think it’s the worst for him to have a bit of a rest and now he can go away and have a rest. We’ve got massive games coming up after the break.”