Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
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Abraham on target as Chelsea bounce back against Villa

Abraham on target as Chelsea bounce back against Villa

Abraham, 22, missed Chelsea's 1-0 home defeat by West Ham United due to injury and Lampard heaped praise on the forward whose form has earned him a call-up for England.

His 12th goal in all competitions for Chelsea this term includes 11 in 14 league appearances and Blues boss Lampard expects him to maintain the speed of his development. It makes me smile when people say Chelsea are a young team.

Chelsea needed a victory after underperforming badly against West Ham and they got one despite spurning a number of chances. He's respectful of Aston Villa so it wasn't a massive celebration time. "He won the ball back in good areas", Lampard said.

Abraham, who took a bang to the hip against Valencia and missed Saturday's home defeat by West Ham, was passed fit to return against Villa.

"I thought we were great today", Lampard said.

"We have got a lot of credit for our energy and attacking play".

The hosts could have scored several more as Willian continued to run Villa ragged and the Brazilian was only denied a goal of his own when Tom Heaton - Villa's best player - made a spectacular save to tip a free-kick onto his left-hand post. "It's hard when you come back to a club you feel so much for and vice versa and you're working and part of another club".

Cesar Azpilicueta, caught out of position, gave Ahmed Elmohamady space to swing over a cross towards Trezeguet, who had no problem getting in front of the ponderous James.

Chelsea struggled to build on their breakthrough, though, and they were punished shortly before the interval.

Aston Villa assistant manager John Terry and Chelsea manager Frank Lampard at the end of the match.

Tammy Abraham netted his 13th goal of the season to open the scoring, before setting up Mason Mount for the victor after Trezeguet had put the visitors back on level terms.

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