- Gianfranco Zola reveals why Chelsea allowed loanees to play tonight.
- Zola insists that the Blues are not doing Frank Lampard a favour.
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Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has claimed that the club are not doing Frank Lampard a favour by allowing him to field both Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori against us this evening.
Mount and Tomori have been cornerstones in Lampard’s starting eleven this season, with both players benefiting from the Chelsea legend’s faith in them.
As Chelsea were drawn with Derby in the Carabao Cup, there were immediately questions asked as to whether they would be allowed to feature in the contest, with both players being on-loan from the Blues.
It has become clear that Chelsea will not stand in Lampard’s way as he hopes to play the pair, but that decision has not been made by the club for the benefit of our all-time top goalscorer, according to Zola.
The Italian is quoted by the Telegraph insisting that Mount and Tomori have been allowed to play as Chelsea believe it will be beneficial for their development:
“It is because we believe that, by playing against us, there is an opportunity for Mason and Tomori to grow up quicker.”
“The more they play against Premier League teams the more experience they get and we can make better evaluations on them. It was a great opportunity to see them play in front of us and we took the opportunity.”
It would have been petty for Chelsea to allow two of our most talented young players to miss out on invaluable experience to face a top side. It’s both a shrewd and classy move from the club.