I knew it wouldn’t be long before we started talking about Reece James as being ‘a Chelsea hero’, and despite not winning the match last night, James heroics completely changed the game for The Blues.
The 19-year old came on at half time in place of Marcos Alonso, who had another stinker. Cesar Azpilicueta was not providing anything at all from right full back, and switched over to the left.
James was phenomenal, and was pinnacle to Chelsea’s incredible comeback. He was quick, direct, dangerous, and was putting in some magnificent crosses – everything Chelsea were missing in the first half.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to win the match on the night, and the Chelsea players have been left disappointed, but also relieved to have at least bought it back from 4-1 down just after half time.
Speaking after the match to the Chelsea website, James has summed up the feelings in the dressing room perfectly as he reflected on the night.
“It was a crazy game, being 3-1 down at half-time and then bringing it back to 4-4.
“There’s a little bit of disappointment because we had a few chances where we could have scored to win the game but from where we were at half-time, it was a great end to the game.
“He [Lampard] didn’t say too much, just to go on, get in the game and liven the boys up.
“I was happy to come on and make an impact but scoring a goal was a bonus. It’s always a great feeling scoring at Stamford Bridge and for such a great club.
“They were hard to break down and we scored quite a few once they went down to nine men.
“It was just a shame we didn’t win it. You can look at it from both points of view – we could have had all three points but we’re happy to at least get one and take a draw.
“There are questions we can ask ourselves but once you’re in that position [4-1 down], you just need to give everything to get out of it.”