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The experienced Chelsea players, such as Olivier Giroud and Willian, win them over

Chelsea’s season is determined by their youngsters, but it’s their seasoned players like Olivier Giroud and Willian that win them over

  • Chelsea’s experienced players help them in their quest for a top four finish
  • Olivier Giroud and Willian scored in Chelsea’s 3-0 win at home against Watford
  • Chelsea’s youngsters were excellent, but seasoned stars are still helpful

Sometimes only experience is enough. When the dust has settled, the Chelsea season is marked by the young players of Frank Lampard.

Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Billy Gilmour, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori were like a breath of fresh air.

The club’s refreshing collection of academic prospects, when many questioned it, has proven they can break it on Stamford Bridge.

Experienced forward Olivier Giroud was on the score sheet when Chelsea won 3-0 against Watford

Experienced forward Olivier Giroud was on the score sheet when Chelsea won 3-0 against Watford

Willian also continued his goal form as Chelsea strengthened their top four hopes

Willian also continued his goal form as Chelsea strengthened their top four hopes

Willian also continued his goal form as Chelsea strengthened their top four hopes

But when it came down to it, it’s Chelsea’s old guard – as they’ve often done over the years – that has dragged them across the line.

Olivier Giroud, who looked like he left the club around 2020, took his second goal since restarting this cruise against Watford.

Willian also scored again – it’s four goals in as many restart matches for the Brazilian.

With 33 and 31 respectively, Giroud and Willian are by far two of the older statesmen on the Lampard team.

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta was the only other thirty-something in the Chelsea team to start this victory over Nigel Pearson’s men.

Chelsea's win means they are in fourth place with five games to play

Chelsea's win means they are in fourth place with five games to play

Chelsea’s win means they are in fourth place with five games to play

Chelsea has plenty of talented youngsters, including 22-year-old striker Tammy Abraham

Chelsea has plenty of talented youngsters, including 22-year-old striker Tammy Abraham

Chelsea has plenty of talented youngsters, including 22-year-old striker Tammy Abraham

Mount and Abraham et al. Are the Future of the Blues; there is no doubt about that.

But with the Champions League qualifying at stake, Lampard needs results in the here and now.

So it’s no surprise that as we reach the business end of the season, Chelsea’s older contingent time their run to perfection.

Their winner in the FA Cup 1-0 win over Leicester was courtesy of Ross Barkley, who is one of the more experienced members of Lampard’s squad at the age of 26. Barkley packed another Watford.

Lampard should rightly be commended for his dedication to youth this season – his kids will come out stronger for their experiences.

But talent can only get you this far. Lampard – who has won everything – doesn’t need to hear that.

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