EPL: Azpilicueta defends Chelsea youngsters after Mourinho jibes

Man Utd defender Harry Maguire hit the ground running in a 4-0 win over Chelsea

Man Utd defender Harry Maguire hit the ground running in a 4-0 win over Chelsea

Former England star Gary Linekar could not resist taking a jibe at Jose Mourinho.

Pulisic came on for his Premier League debut in the second half of Chelsea's 4-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.

Lampard expressed surprise at Mourinho's comments and Azpilicueta made it clear he didn't agree with the assessment of two of Chelsea's more highly-rated academy graduates.

"If they are here it is because they deserve to be". They are fighting in every training session. I'm not joking. If they weren't ahead by the hour mark, there was no chance of anything happening. He will be a fantastic player for the club.

Abraham and Mount started brightly at Old Trafford, the former rattling the post, and Chelsea were perhaps unfortunate to be trailing at the break following Marcus Rashford's penalty.

Chelsea next travel to Istanbul to face Champions League winners Liverpool on Wednesday, the Premier League rivals vying to lift the first European trophy of the new campaign.

"We've got a big, big test at Wolves next week and obviously they've shown how good they were, especially against us last season, so we've got to be prepared for that". "When you don't win, the questions around get more and more but we have to cope with it", he said.

Lampard himself was actually playing for West Ham the last time that Chelsea were stationed in the drop zone, not completing his move to Stamford Bridge until July 2001. "We know that we can improve".