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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has explained the reasons behind some of his recent starting lineups.
The Blues boss has been criticised at times of not naming his best team for each game, but he has now revealed that he names his team according to each game he plays.
For the Fulham game, Lampard explained that he went for experience, knowing that the team badly needed a win after the recent slump.
There have been calls for Callum Hudson-Odoi to start in the team that will face Leicester City, but the Chelsea manager has insisted that he doesn’t only look at stats to pick his team.
“I did consider it a lot in the team for Fulham and that’s my job to consider all things,” Lampard said of starting with more seasoned professionals in the side against Fulham.
“It’s very easy to say just pick the players that have trained the best or who have the best stats but sometimes you have to think about the moment.
“I felt we could lean on the experience of some of the players who have been in these difficult positions before like Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, who have been through it at Real Madrid or Napoli or previously at Chelsea.
“I’m not sure if that will always be the case but getting the balance of the team right is important because we do have a young squad, particularly in forward areas, and then a bit more of an experienced squad in deeper areas of the team. I have to consider that and get the right balance on the pitch and off the pitch.”