Frank Lampard was impressed with Fikayo Tomori’s debut against Sheffield United despite the fact his team conceded another two goals.
Although defensive frailties appeared once again, Chelsea boss Lampard was happy with how his 21-year-old defender performed and explained his decision to leave out Andreas Christensen.
“Tomori played very well for me last year and he’s training at a very high level. I’ve got competition at centre-back,” Lampard said.
“He deserved to play and I thought he played well, so it was just a straightforward choice.”
The Blues appeared to be closing out a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon, but an 89th-minute own goal from Kurt Zouma cost them two points.
They have now conceded nine times in four Premier League games, but Lampard insists he is happy with the defenders he has.
“I’m not worried about finding the right defensive combination,” he continued.
“I’m trying to work all over the team to get the right combination. Rudiger will be fit after the international break so he gives me another choice.
“We can isolate goals and talk about centre-backs or whoever for mistakes. But when we score goals sometimes it’s because a centre-back is moving the ball quickly – it’s the other side of that.
“I’m confident and trust completely the four centre-backs I have. We’re now in a position where we have to stop conceding goals.”