Azpilicueta defends Chelsea youngsters from Mourinho criticism

  • Azpilicueta defends Chelsea youngsters from Mourinho criticism

Azpilicueta defends Chelsea youngsters from Mourinho criticism

The France global missed the majority of pre-season due a knee injury that dates back to the end of last season.

Manchester United lost at Molineux last season and earned only a point at Old Trafford against Wolves.

Manager Frank Lampard has revealed the World Cup victor is a major doubt for Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool in Istanbul due to the fresh knock. Every player in there needs to be aware of the importance of the game to this club and we have to give everything, because it's going to be tough.

Lampard has been on the losing side twice as a Chelsea player in Super Cup finals [against Atletico Madrid in 2012 and Bayern Munich in 2013] and says his side will be "giving everything" to defeat their domestic rivals. He has a small injury which we are concerned about.

Despite having impressed with their flowing football in patches throughout proceedings, Chelsea struggled to cope with United's frequent breakaways from deep, eventually resulting in Marcus Rashford (2), Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James all finding the net en route to a 4-0 victory for the hosts. He's had a very broken pre-season'.

He will now take the reigning Europa League champions up against Jurgen Klopp's Champions League winners.

Former Stamford Bridge boss Mourinho, speaking in his role as a pundit for Sky Sports, questioned the wisdom of including Portsmouth-born Mount and Abraham in the starting XI as Frank Lampard's tenure as Chelsea head coach began in ignominious fashion.