Tino Anjorin admits Lampard played him on the wrong position and vows to be better

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Chelsea youngster Tino Anjorin got his first start for the club in Chelsea’s Champions League 1-1 draw against Krasnodar.

Anjorin started the game and lasted 90 minutes on the pitch. The 19-year-old gave a good account of himself, and has admitted that he was surprised to be given a starting berth, albeit in a strange left wide position.

Speaking after the game, Anjorin analysed his strength and weakness and vowed to make improvements.

“I got called in for training so I had some suspicions but at first I thought I’d be on the bench,” he told the official Chelsea website.

“When we put the team out in training, he [Lampard] said ‘Tino, left wing’ and that’s when I was like ‘am I starting?’ After that, Frank came up to me and asked if I was excited for my debut!

“It was different and it took me a while to get used to the position,” he said of the position Lampard fielded him, as he played wide on the left.

“I thought on the ball I did well and off the ball I could have been a bit better but obviously that’s just me having not played there very often. It’s a performance I can definitely improve on.”

He added: “I’m feeling the fittest I’ve ever been. I’ve got a few 90 minutes in already this season.

“To come off the back of 90 minutes three days ago and then be able to play 80 minutes today shows that but I just have to go back now and work even harder than I did before.”

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