Frank Lampard’s first season as Chelsea head coach is in the books and despite some issues, as explored here, they were outweighed by huge positives.
The most significant of those were the games in which character was built or landmark results were achieved.
Football.london picks the four standout results from a season to remember.
The Made in Chelsea game: Fikayo Tomori scored arguably Chelsea’s goal of the season, Tammy Abraham hit a hat-trick and Mason Mount added another.
This was the afternoon when the scale of Frank Lampard’s youth revolution became clear and the enduring image was of the three academy graduates leaving the field together at the end of a 5-2 win.
Ajax at home
The match that had everything. Ten minutes into the second period Chelsea looked dead and buried, trailing 4-1 thanks to a combination of Hakim Ziyech brilliance and dodgy defending.
Then the fightback started with a little help from referee Gianluca Rocchi. Cesar Azpiliueta pulled a goal back before midway through the second period Daley Blind and Joel Veltman were both shown second yellow cards in one phase of play.
Jorginho scored his second penalty of the evening and Reece James drilled home the equaliser with his first senior goal before both sides pushed for a winner that never arrived.
it was breathless, bizarre and a neat encapsulation of how entertaining Chelsea had become for the neutral viewer.
Tottenham Hotspur away
The Jose Mourinho subplot added to the importance of this win but irrespective of the Portuguese’s presence in the opposite dugout, this was a tactical masterstroke from Lampard. The master was taught a lesson by his apprentice, sort of.
The decision to start with a back three in north London caught Spurs by surprise and Marcos Alonso in particular found great joy against the hapless Serge Aurier.
Both goals came from Willian, the first from a well-worked corner routine and the second a penalty, but there was also much to like about the…