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The reason Frank Lampard dropped Cesar Azpilicueta in favour of Reece James vs Crystal Palace

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Frank Lampard has explained his decision to drop captain Cesar Azpilicueta in place of Reece James for Chelsea's clash against Crystal Palace.

Azpi is in good form too but I thought it was a good chance to give Reece some minutes."

With Emerson still nursing his way back to full fitness and needing minutes under his belt, Lampard explained his decision to start James ahead of Azpilicueta for the Eagles visit.



For me, as a captain, he's huge in what he delivers and the message he sends down the players.

The Blues' skipper has been an ever-present in the Premier League this season but misses out to 19-year-old academy graduate James.

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