Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists Tammy Abraham and Cesar Azpilicueta’s penalty squabble in today’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace has already been “dealt with”.
Abraham, 23, was left fuming when Blues captain Azpilicueta snatched the ball from his grasp as he lined up to take their second spot-kick of the day.
Designated taker Jorginho had already added the hosts’ third from 12 yards, yet in spite of Abraham’s desire to get on the scoresheet Azpilicueta insisted he stepped up again – which paid off when his effort found the back of the net.
The young striker was not best pleased with the decision, but Lampard says the situation has already been diffused.
When asked about the row, he told BT Sport: “Yeah and it's been dealt with [on the pitch] and in the dressing room. No problems just dealt with.
“I want leaders – and a little bit of conflict.
“If Tammy wanted to take it because he wanted a goal or whatever it was then he can be put in his place a little bit, but I appreciate his eagerness because his performance deserved a goal.
“But those are the rules. You don't jump ahead of the list at any moment unless maybe someone's got a hat-trick and we're so comfortable that maybe I decide. So it's dealt with.”
Ben Chilwell enjoyed a Premier League debut to remember for Chelsea this afternoon, opening the scoring five minutes into the second half at Stamford Bridge with a well-struck effort from close range.
He then produced an inch-perfect cross into the box for Kurt Zouma to head home terrifically, before Jorginho tucked away his first penalty of the day.
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The Italy international then swept home from the spot again following Azpilicueta’s decision to stand Abraham down from penalty duty.
Next up for Chelsea after the impending international break is a clash with Southampton at Stamford Bridge, before they take on Sevilla in their opening Champions League fixture of the season.
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