Lampard explains reason for benching Pulisic and Tammy Abraham

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had a large squad to choose from for the game against Aston Villa, and the Blues manager indeed had some tough decisions to make for his starting line-up.

Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham were left on the bench for this game, but Lampard has told his squad not to feel disappointed for not getting on the starting sheet.

Speaking to Sky Sports before the match, Lampard said: “It’s very important to let the players know that this is more than ever a squad game over this period.

“Certainly nobody should get their head down at not starting. We’re going to have to make subs and we’re going to need impact off the bench.”

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On his decision to start Giroud over Abraham, Lampard continued: “Oli finished really well before the break. He had a couple of small injuries at the start of this training period but it was just a choice today.”

And explaining how Loftus-Cheek forced his way into the team, he added: “He’s trained well. It’s been a long injury for him.

“He was just getting fit before lockdown, needed games, and this period has given us a chance to get him working hard.

“He’s trained brilliantly as I say. We have some options and I had to think about who should start and who can give us an impact off the bench and I’ve gone with Ruben.”

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