Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has explained his decision to start Tammy Abraham over Olivier Giroud for the Blues trip to Premier League rivals Norwich City.

French striker Giroud has started Chelsea’s last two matches but drops to the bench at Carrow Road, with the 21-year-old Tammy Abraham in the Blues’ starting XI.

N’Golo Kante misses out entirely with an ankle injury and is replaced by Mateo Kovacic, while Pedro was injured in the warm-up and makes way for Ross Barkley.

During his interview ahead of the match, Frank Lampard said: ‘Mateo Kovacic has been playing well so is an easy replacement [for Kante].

Bringing in Abraham was a choice, Tammy’s mobility to play and cause Norwich problems was what I was thinking of.

‘I know Norwich very well from last season and they have started well this year. Teemu Pukki is a huge threat but so are many of their other players.’ He added.

Chelsea are winless after two Premier League games, having been thrashed by Manchester United and held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City.

Norwich, meanwhile, lost to Liverpool on the opening day before beating Newcastle United 3-1 last weekend.


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