It was no surprise youngsters Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount dominated a lot of the post-match analysis from Frank Lampard after the three goals they scored between them gave our new manager his first win back at Chelsea.
Abraham’s opener was followed by a Mount goal, adding to the one he netted in the previous game against Leicester, but with today’s opponents Norwich equalising twice, a further Abraham strike was needed to secure a 3-2 win.
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The 21-year-old centre-forward had run to celebrate his first Chelsea goal with Lampard, who was pleased his decision to return the player to starting line-up had paid off. Abraham had last begun a game in the opening day defeat at Man United and had since missed his shoot-out penalty in the Super Cup against Liverpool and been subjected to unacceptable online abuse.
‘I spoke to Tammy before the game today and I said to him that I felt today was the day,’ revealed Lampard.
‘A bit of kidology really because who knows before the game, but I do trust in him and as a young striker you need that support, and I did feel something for him today and it will do wonders for his confidence.
‘He has had a tough little period for the reasons we all know and strikers get judged purely on goals at times which is sometimes slightly unfair, but when you ask about character and enthusiasm to play for this club then he is right up there. You see it every day and he can get better and better so I am really pleased for him.
‘Mason is a continuation of what he is doing. I had to move him out to the left just before the game because of the Pedro injury (the Spaniard suffered a hamstring problem in the warm-up at Carrow Road) but he took it on board, he is intelligent and he can do different roles. I am delighted for the two of them.
‘You can see the reaction of the fans. These are two young men who are desperate to play for this club. They have to earn it and I am delighted for them both.
‘I supported Tammy over the online abuse. I did it out loud and I did it behind the scenes. I supported him on that as much as I can and in terms of playing, hopefully he will see my belief in him from the fact he is playing and hopefully from the fact I want to do extra shooting with him daily, every type of finishing and the first one today was top drawer. That comes from work on the training ground.
‘I have seen him sky a few of those in training but you keep going and all of a sudden you catch one and you score. That is why him and Mason and others, like Fikayo Tomori who I don’t want to forget because I feel for him at the moment because he is playing at a level where he could be playing in this team regularly. That is why they are good for us because they bring that enthusiasm to training.’
Lampard said he had spoken to Mount yesterday and asked him if he feels like a Chelsea player yet...
‘It is important he feels like a big player,’ added the boss, ‘because we were a young side today and players like Mason and Tammy for sure, but also Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma, players that are a still young, they have to grow up very quickly with personality and be leaders on the pitch.
‘When I asked Mason that question he just sort of smiled. He is a confident boy in a really nice way, he has a lot of humility and a work ethic so he smiled and we had a laugh about it but I did not really get a clear answer.
‘He should feel like it if he plays like he is at the moment. That does not mean it is the end of the story, he needs to work and get even better daily.
‘It is good for our Academy because people have looked at that and asked a lot of questions. I know the work that goes on there with people like Neil Bath who runs it and will be very happy this afternoon and this evening because he has seen two great young lads with a real desire to play for this club. Fans like to see players who really feel the club.'
Lampard did not want to talk only about the young players…
‘There were good players out there who have come from all over the world. Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic ran the game in midfield today.
‘I am satisfied but relieved because we should have had the game tied up earlier because we had good chances and we controlled big parts of it. I am satisfied with the three points because Norwich is a tough place to come to, they are a very good side and I knew that already, they will take a lot of points off teams both home and away. I am very pleased with the performance.
‘I am very happy with the result because we are Chelsea, we want to win games. I want to stay in contention and I don’t want a slow start. We had a tough start and I have been happy with a lot of the performances but you can’t shout that too loudly if you are not winning games. I saw a really good belief in the players in the way they played today.’