Chelsea boss Lampard: Zouma, Tomori outstanding for Crystal Palace win

Jose Verdugo
Noviembre 10, 2019

'I'm proud", said Lampard, "but it's still a snap shot of what is the bigger picture here and a relative snapshot of the season. "I just felt today was a game we could give Reece some minutes because he deserves it in the way he's training and playing".

James, who scored the equaliser in Chelsea's 4-4 draw with Ajax midweek, coped amazingly well with Palace star Wilfried Zaha, limiting the winger to only a handful of real opportunities.

"It's that step up - a lot of us want to make that step up and prove we are ready".

"I know I trust in Reece defensively, so it was a really, really impressive game from him, and he's going to get much better".

"Azpilicueta is our captain, I spoke to him before the game".

Zaha may have been limited by the lack of service from his own team-mates, but James fought well against the Ivory Coast global as he passed the latest test thrown at him in Chelsea's 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea also started James' fellow academy alumni Fikayo Tomori, 21, Mason Mount, 20, and goalscorer Abraham, 22, against the Eagles, as well as bringing Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19 and Billy Gilmour, 18, off the bench. "We all believe in our style of play and we're enjoying it, so I think it's not a surprise".

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard handed midfielder N'Golo Kanté his first league start since October 6 in place of Jorginho, who was suspended.

The early kickoff on Saturday in the Premier League might just be the best game of the weekend in England, as two of the most entertaining teams in the country so far face-off in what should be a fantastic London Derby.

"The most important thing was we got the three points", Abraham told BT Sport.

Today's London Derby took on all an altogether predictable pattern right from the off, with Chelsea starting brightly and dominating possession, but Palace's well-drilled defensive set up making it extremely hard to create clear cut chances.

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