Lampard rates Reece in Chelsea win over Palace

Lampard rates Reece in Chelsea win over Palace

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hailed youngster Reece James following his performance against Crystal Palace on his full Premier League debut. 

Reece started in the place of captain Cesar Azpilicueta, facing a formidable opponent in the shape of Wilfried Zaha. The 19-year-old impressed in the entire match as his side Chelsea beat Palace 2-0 to move second on the log and Lampard admitted he was proud of the young defender. 

"I am proud and I believe in them and with Reece as well," he told BT Sport.

"Azpi is our captain I spoke to him before the game, he’s a great leader for the club and so important." 

"I just felt we could get Reece some minutes and he’s deserved them with the way he’s trained and played. With Zaha, I thought what better test? Every team has players that can hurt you on the counter-attack and he’s one of the best.

"I thought could we hurt them the other way and make him run back more than forwards. I’ve got trust in Reece defensively. It was a really impressive game from him and he’ll get much better." 

Chelsea are currently second with 26th points, five behind leaders Liverpool who hosts Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday 10th.