Lampard reveals why he took off Alonso for Reece James against Ajax

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard took off Marcos Alonso at halftime and brought on Reece James.

The teenager scored Chelsea’s equaliser to complete our comeback after being 4-1 down.

Lampard has revealed he brought on James due to his ability to support attack and deliver crosses into the box.

Lampard said: “Reece is a fantastic young player. He gives what you saw and he can give even more, which is normal. I felt we needed to change to get more on the right hand side, get Azpi on the left and Reece can deliver crosses.

“Great quality. Powerful and can join in, he knows we have Azpi there who is our captain and plays right back, but it shows there are things we can do to change if Reece if does that then he is a great player. He is going to be a top player for the club.

“He has got great quality. Modern full-backs expected now to join in, be a threat going forward and some in the Premier League are doing it in an outstanding way. Hopefully Reece can do it for us.”

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