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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard gave playing opportunities to some players who haven’t really featured much this season, and the Blues boss was pleased that the fringe players came in and did a good job.
Lampard was full of praise for Olivier Giroud, Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount and Ross Barkley for carrying out his tactics to good effect.
He said after the game: “I’m pleased. You always look clever when that comes off and you’re called an idiot when it doesn’t but we have to make decisions every week. I’m delighted for them because they’re experienced lads and when they’re not playing regularly, it’s not easy.
“Oli has got his fitness and you could see 70 minutes was tough for him but what you do get with Oli is quality. You know his attributes. In a game where I expected Tottenham to be deep – which they were in the first half – you know you can find him and he can bring people into the game.
“Mason [Mount] and Ross [Barkley] around him helps with their energy and then you know he can finish. Marcos’s finish was top-drawer as well and that’s what a squad needs. It’s not easy to make selections when people are not playing. You need to trust that they’re good professionals and both of them have been in all ways so I’m delighted for them.”
Giroud scored the opener for Chelsea just after 15 minutes, before Marcos Alonso made the game easy for Chelsea with a fine strike shortly after the restart.