John Terry applauded each side of Stamford Bridge at the final whistle after Chelsea had rolled out the red carpet for their returning hero. But this return to winning ways was about two Blues legends in the making.
This was the first official return for Aston Villa first-team coach Terry since his departure as a player and the home fans displayed two banners in honour of their ‘captain, leader, legend’ ahead of kick-off.
Frank Lampard even hung around at the end to applaud his old team-mate, but it was the performances of goalscorers Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount that will have really excited the Chelsea head coach.
Abraham, on his return from injury, scored a goal and registered a clever assist to set-up Mount to net the winner. As proved by the fact they lost to West Ham United without him, Chelsea are a different team with the 22-year-old up front.
“Tammy is a striker who’s near the top of the goalscoring charts in the League,” said Lampard. “He’s showing his all-round game, which stretches defences, starts our press.
“He has a personality within our dressing room that is growing every day with his enthusiasm and his will to win. And, of course, if a player’s on such a good run and they come out the team it’s normal that you miss them. Today, he came straight back in as he left off.”