Two Chelsea players receive legend’s backing after performing well against Manchester City

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With Chelsea 3-0 down to Manchester City at half-time, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard decided to bring on Billy Gilmour and Callum Hudson-Odoi for the second half.

The half-time changes indeed worked and Chelsea looked a better side in the second half of the game.

Gilmour and Hudson-Odoi have been knocking hard on the door of the first team since last season, and former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin believes that the duo showed enough in the game against Manchester City to have a go in the coming games.

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Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “I mentioned how quickly things can change in football. Well imagine you are Callum Hudson-Odoi or Billy Gilmour. Both youngsters would have been getting a bit frustrated until recently. The team was flying, there were a whole bunch of top internationals between each of them and a first-team start. There were even chats about Billy going out on loan, well there were on social and mainstream media anyway.

“Suddenly both players look like they could be on the cusp of getting a decent run in the team. Certainly, Callum sparkled when he came on against Arsenal, he did well in the Villa game and of course scored late on when he was let loose against Manchester City.

“For Billy, the impressive list of Kovacic, Kante, Mount and Jorginho seemed well ahead of him, but after the run we have had and his assured performance once he got into the pace of the game against City, he must have moved right up the pecking order.”

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.