Published: Fri, October 04, 2019
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Lampard backs 'hungry' Abraham to keep nets bulging

Lampard backs 'hungry' Abraham to keep nets bulging

Tammy Abraham, on his 22nd birthday, and Willian, making his 300th appearance for the club, got Chelsea's goals at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Meanwhile, Willian says there has been no progress in talks over a new Chelsea contract.

A 2-1 victory away to French side Lille made up for some of the disappointment of last month's home defeat to Valencia, and armed Chelsea with points and confidence to take into back-to-back clashes with Ajax.

Frank Lampard's side lost their opening group stage game against Valencia and will be keen to put three points on the board tonight.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, speaking to Radio 5 Live, added: "Tammy is handling the situation as he does with everything in life".

"We came into the game and we knew that we needed to win".

"Sometimes it's quite unusual on the training pitch or playing games looking across and seeing someone you've played with for so many years", he said. "This is such a tough place", Lampard said.

Lille manager Christophe Galtier said: "We're frustrated. I see him with a character and working hard in training and hopefully, and I'm sure he will be very important for us for the season".

The visitors enjoyed possession in the early stages as Lille looked to use their speed to hit them on the break.

The first half had been vibrant, but the level of both sides dipped in the second 45 minutes.

But Lille stuck to their plan and Luis Araujo came close at the end of a sharp counter-attack.

Chelsea struggled on set-pieces and Benjamin Andre's glancing header was well saved by keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 52nd minute.

Chelsea controlled possession for a majority of the game and the victor came when substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi went past a defender on the left flank and lifted a cross toward the far post.

"But Reece's performances last year at Wigan - when he was in the Championship Team of the Year - showed the talent he has got".

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