Lampard explains reason for late Batshuayi substitution

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard took off Tammy Abraham for Michy Batshuayi late in the game as the Blues searched for a winner against Newcastle United.

Chelsea fans expected the boss to play with two strikers instead and take off a midfielder but Lampard has now explained why he didn’t go down that route.

Lampard said: “Sometimes we can [switch to two in attack] if a game feels that way but in that case it would have meant bringing off N’Golo Kante – who was outsnading all game – or Jorginho at the base of our midfield and you have to be careful with their counter-attack.

“We were creating a lot so the Michy change was to change the feeling of the striker. Can he come on and make something happen because he’s very dangerous around the box so it was just like-for-like.”

Despite creating 19 chances against Newcastle’s 7, the Blues lost 1-0 to Newcastle.

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