In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Jorginho’s pass to Tammy Abraham for the opening goal at Watford is described as ‘out of this world’, Tony Cascarino reveals his anger after watching the Hornets awarded a penalty by VAR and Boudewijn Zenden speaks about the qualities he recognised in Frank Lampard when they played together at Chelsea.
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Jorginho and Abraham in BBC’s team of the week
BBC pundit Garth Crook has included Jorginho and Tammy Abraham in his Premier League team of the week after watching the Chelsea duo combine for our opening goal in the 2-1 win at Watford on Saturday.
The former England forward was hugely impressed with the fifth-minute strike at Vicarage Road.
‘The ball from Jorginho for Tammy Abraham to score against Watford was out of this world,’ said Crooks, explaining his inclusion of the Italy midfielder.
‘It was a move that doesn't just happen by accident; this was a phase of play that has been worked on and orchestrated by the coaching staff and players, and it was wonderful to watch.
‘Last week it was Mateo Kovacic who made my TOTW at the expense of Jorginho, but the Italian made such an impact against the Hornets that I felt compelled to select him above Kovacic and fellow midfielder Willian, such was his performance.’
Abraham’s performance was also praised after he scored his ninth league goal of the season and assisted on the Christian Pulisic effort which made it 2-0.
‘This lad is looking more like a Premier League centre-forward the more I see him,’ added Croooks.
‘The awareness and movement from Abraham for Jorginho's pass, which resulted in Chelsea's opening goal, was outstanding.
‘Abraham clearly has ability, but he is also brave and not afraid to go in where it hurts. A crucial quality for any striker.
‘He's also a team player. The assist for Pulisic was totally unselfish.’
Cascarino annoyed with Watford penalty
Tony Cascarino has told TalkSport he was so enraged by the decision to award Watford a penalty against the Blues that he stopped watching the game.
Referee Anthony Taylor had initially waved play on after Gerard Deulofeu went down in the Chelsea box but after a lengthy review, VAR overturned the decision as Jorginho appeared to make contact with the Spaniard.
However, Cascarino was unimpressed and felt the original decision should have stood as the contact appeared minimal.
‘I switched off the game because I was so angry at the penalty,’ said the former Chelsea forward.
‘I just couldn’t believe what I watched, to be honest. I found it an extraordinary decision.
‘It really gets me how people in studios in Stockley Park are making decisions on football when it’s just common sense that it was never, ever a penalty.’
Zenden: Lampard destined to be a top manager
Former Chelsea midfielder Boudewijn Zenden has told The Mirror he knew Frank Lampard was destined to become a top manager after playing alongside him at Stamford Bridge.
The pair made their Chelsea debuts together against Newcastle in August 2001 and Zenden say he was immediately struck by Lampard’s ability to read the game.
‘Chelsea already had a lot of big names - Emmanuel Petit, Marcel Desailly and Gianfranco Zola,’ the Dutchman recalled.
‘But one thing I soon noticed was that Frank could read the game better than anyone. On the pitch I called him The General because he was a real strategist.
‘Frank is also a born leader. You could see that in the way he grew into the player who controlled Chelsea’s midfield. He directed the play, like the conductor of an orchestra, but he also had an unbelievable hunger for goals and trophies.
‘His development as a player was like a snowball rolling down a hill – getting bigger and bigger – and I can see that happening as a manager.’
The Dutchman also described his English team-mate as a fearsome competitor who never lost his human touch.
‘Frank is such a warm person. He always has time for the people around him,’ added Zenden.
‘As a player, when you saw him getting stuck in it was hard to imagine that off the pitch he was always a kind and wonderful person.
‘Frank is someone who can always put things in perspective and knows what matters most in life. Football is important to him, but he knows when to put the emphasis on other things. That is a very important quality for a manager.’