Frank Lampard admits Ross Barkley and Mason Mount ‘concerns’ before Everton win
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he was somewhat worried about starting Ross Barkley and Mason Mount against Everton.
Though the former star had little reason to be in the end with the duo starring as the Blues were 4-0 winners at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Mount opened the scoring with a fine finish while Barkley provided two assists against his former club having impressed in midweek.
But Blues legend Lampard wasn’t so sure he had made the right decision to start the midfield pair ahead of the game.
On Barkley and Mount, Lampard said: “I am not going to lie and say I had concerns, but they had a lot more work off the ball.
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“But they had the capacity for it. But to use it both ways and protect Billy [Gilmour].
“They gave us that and were offensive. I thought the midfield balance was there.”
Joining Mount on the scoresheet was Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud with Chelsea four goals to the good before the hour mark.
Youngster Billy Gilmour also started against Everton, earning the man of the match award after impressing against Liverpool in the FA Cup in midweek.
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And Lampard was pleased with the 18-year-old’s performance in the absence of the suspended Jorginho.
The boss added: “He is receiving the ball in difficult places on the pitch. You need confidence to do that.
“Jorginho has it and Billy has it.
“He showed that in the first half, but then played higher up the pitch. He can do both.”
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Chelsea return to action next weekend with a trip to Premier League strugglers Aston Villa.
Gilmour could be given another start in that match with Jorginho set to miss the trip to Villa Park as his suspension lasts for another Premier League encounter.
For Everton, a Merseyside derby with rivals and runaway table-toppers Liverpool next Monday awaits.
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