RUTHLESS Franks Lampard showed that records, numbers and old favourites will not stand in the way of his Chelsea revolution – by dropping skipper Cesar Azpilicueta to the bench.
The Spanish defender had made 73 consecutive Premier League starts – a current Blues record.
But that was ended as Lampard picked Chelsea’s youngest ever team and put him on the bench against Crystal Palace.
Lampard went with Reece James at right-back, while his rookie backline also included young England centre-half Fikayo Tomori.
Young midfielder Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount, along with striker Tammy Abraham were also named in the starting XI.
Lamps has already shown he has no time for sentiment, leaving out big names on several occasions in his first season as a top-flight manager.
Azpilicueta’s record run stretched back to the start of the 2017-18 season.
The 30-year-old made 246 Prem appearances since 2012, prior to today.
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He joined the Blues from Marseille for £8million in 2012 and had played every Prem game this season as Lampard’s young side climbed into the top four.
However, Lamps wanted to look at James against the Eagles after he had impressed in sub appearances.
He had only started one game, in the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester United last month, prior to today.
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