(fashion) Frank Lampard resisted the convention that states young players will always make mistakes and only through experience will they learn the art of defending a lead under pressure.
'I don't want to say that,' said Lampard. 'We are having those issues. It is not just the young players. It is all of us. Everyone has different reasons. Young players have to grow up and older players worry about themselves as well as helping others.'
There is plenty for Lampard to digest as the Premier League breaks for international football after four games, with Chelsea mid-table and leaking goals.
Frank Lampard, with five points so far, has plenty to mull over during the international break
Chelsea's No 9 Tammy Abraham has scored four goals in his last two matches
They will return to tackle tricky fixtures against Wolves and Liverpool, split by the first Champions League game against Valencia.
The tests are about to become harder but there is so much goodwill behind Lampard's efforts to promote young, homegrown players and offload some of the expensive misfits who have been sitting around at Stamford Bridge.
Against Sheffield United, in fact, the glaring individual errors were made by the visitors and some of Chelsea's better performances came from their younger players.
Abraham and Mason Mount were both out on-loan to Championship clubs last season
Tammy Abraham scored two more goals, taking his tally to 30 since the start of last season, and is growing in confidence. Christian Pulisic opened very brightly before fading, Mason Mount flickered and Fikayo Tomori was the best of the back four.
If Lampard could be criticised, it was for a showy substitution which seemed to play to the mood of the crowd by sending on Billy Gilmour, 18-years-old and supremely talented, for his debut when the Blades were threatening.
Abraham and Mateo Kovacic were replaced by Gilmour and Michy Batshuayi, as if the manager was anxious to prove exactly how much faith he has in the next generation.
Abraham was substituted late on for 18-year-old Billy Gilmour (R) for his competitive debut
Gilmour did nothing wrong, and Lampard claimed Kovacic was exhausted and he simply changed one for one in midfield, but two points vanished when Kurt Zouma deflected Callum Robinson's cross into his own goal in the 89th minute.
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