Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hands teenage midfielder Tino Anjorin his first start in Champions League dead-rubber against Krasnodar
- Chelsea secured top spot in Champions League group after thrashing Sevilla 4-0
- Frank Lampard is now rotating his squad for Tuesday’s clash against Krasnodar
- Tino Anjorin will be handed his first start for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
- Billy Gilmour also returns to the starting XI after recovering from knee injury
With Chelsea having topped their group following their emphatic 4-0 victory at Sevilla last time out in Europe’s elite competition, it has given Frank Lampard the perfect opportunity to experiment and put his faith in his youngsters.
And according to the Telegraph, 19-year-old midfielder Anjorin will line up in Lampard’s starting XI alongside Billy Gilmour at Stamford Bridge.
Tino Anjorin will start for Chelsea when they host Krasnodar in the Champions League
It will be a moment to remember for English youngster Anjorin, who has been with the Blues since 2008.
Anjorin is viewed as an extremely exciting talent at Stamford Bridge thanks to his dynamic presence in the middle of the pitch.
The 19-year-old is a powerful attacking box-to-box midfielder who loves to shoot when he can and has a real eye for goal.
He played twice for the first-team last season, coming on as a substitute in the 7-1 Carabao Cup victory against Grimsby before enjoying a cameo appearance against Everton prior to the coronavirus pandemic stopping football in its tracks.
Anjorin will be eager to make his mark under the watchful eye of Lampard, who is keen to see more youngsters coming through into the first-team fold.
Billy Gilmour will also start in midfield for the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night
Meanwhile, it’s a big night for Gilmour in the heart of the pitch against Krasnodar after his early days at Chelsea were derailed by a serious knee injury in July.
Back in March, Gilmour’s career with the Blues took off in style, starring in the FA Cup victory over Liverpool and in the 4-0 win against Everton in the Premier League.
But just as Gilmour was holding down his place in Chelsea’s midfield, an innocuous-looking challenge with Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic in July resulted in a meniscus tear in his right knee.
After months on the sidelines, Gilmour returned to action for the first-team in the 4-0 win at Sevilla last week, coming on as a late substitute.
Now he is set for his first start of the season for Lampard’s side on Tuesday night as they look to continue their fine form.
Frank Lampard’s side sealed top spot in their group after thrashing Sevilla 4-0 last time out