In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Peter Crouch praises Frank Lampard’s insistence on playing our young players, two Chelsea players are named in the BBC’s team of the week and Manchester United’s attempt to have some fun at the Blues’ expense on Twitter backfires badly.
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Lampard’s youth policy praised by Crouch
BT Sport pundit Peter Crouch feels Chelsea’s victory at Norwich on Saturday vindicated Frank Lampard’s decision to keep faith with youngsters Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.
The Academy graduates scored all of our goals in a 3-2 victory at Carrow Road and Crouch was delighted to see the Chelsea head coach being rewarded for his bold selection.
'Frank deserves a lot of credit for picking these two players, they’ve come in for a little bit of criticism he’s stuck by them,’ said the former England striker during the BT Sport broadcast, as reported by the Daily Mail.
'I think today was a pivotal, pivotal moment in the career for Lampard as a manager because those decisions have come to the fore today and they’ve worked very well for him.'
While Abraham bagged a brace including the winner against the Canaries, Crouch felt his fine performance was not just about scoring goals.
'He’s come in for a bit of criticism, I thought his hold up play was very, very good. He linked up very well with the midfield, it wasn’t just his goals today,’ he added.
'The reason he was playing today was because he was pulling Norwich into areas they didn’t want to go. That’s his strength but on the flip side I thought he held the ball very, very well.'
Chelsea duo in team of the week
BBC pundit Garth Crooks has included Abraham and Mateo Kovacic in his team of the week after the pair played big roles in our victory at Norwich.
Crooks admitted he had changed his opinion about Abraham after initially feeling the youngster would not make it as a Chelsea player.
‘Frank Lampard has seen something in this kid and Abraham looks like he is prepared to walk over broken glass for Lampard,’ said the former Tottenham Hotspur striker.
‘Provided that allegiance remains intact, Abraham has a chance of making it at Chelsea. His first goal against Norwich was brilliantly instinctive, while his second was taken like a player who is growing in confidence.’
Crooks was also pleasantly surprised by the energetic display of Kovacic who took charge in midfield and set up the winning goal for Abraham with an excellent pass from inside the centre circle.
‘In the absence of N'Golo Kante, the Croatia international looked immense. I knew he could tackle, compete and was full of enthusiasm but I didn't think he could play,’ said Crooks.
‘Every time I watch him at Stamford Bridge, he plays the ball everywhere apart from where it should have gone. His performance against Norwich proved he is much better than that. His manger Lampard may have discovered a player here.’
Mocking tweet backfires on United
According to Goal.com, Manchester United’s attempt to poke fun at Chelsea before their Premier League match against Crystal Palace on Saturday came back to bite them badly.
Prior to the match against the Eagles, the Red Devils incorrectly tagged a pre-game post on their official Twitter account with the #MUNCHE hashtag from their opening match against the Blues.
When the error was noticed, United put out the correct hashtag with an additional comment [‘Wish we were playing Chelsea again, though...’] in refence to their 4-0 win over Frank Lampard’s side a fortnight ago.
They would come to regret the back-handed remark after they suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to Palace with ex-Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill enjoying a strong debut for the visitors in defence and another former Blue Patrick van Aanholt scoring their stoppage-time winner.
There was plenty of fan ridicule in response to United’s attempt at banter with even the Eagles official Twitter account getting in on the act
‘We're sure you do... *#MUNCRY,’ they tweeted in response to the implication United would have preferred to play Chelsea again.