Cole says Abraham has given Lampard a ‘great problem’

Tammy Abraham’s performance and goal in the routine 3-0 win over Rennes in the Champions League has given manager Frank Lampard another “great problem”, says former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole.

Abraham scored the third goal in the routine victory at Stamford Bridge, tapping the ball home from a Reece James cross to add to the two first-half penalties scored by Timo Werner.

“It’s a great problem for Frank,” Cole told BT Sport. “All the front players are scoring and making a case, and the midfielders are getting on the ball. Tammy has given Frank something to think about.

“He kept at it and his movement was good. He didn’t do it in the first half but his goal was not easy to take.”

Cole said that Chelsea had little trouble in seeing off the French side, who were reduced to ten men when Brazilian defender Dalbert was sent off for a second caution in conceding the second penalty.

But Cole said it was a victory that has to be expected.

“It was run-of- the-mill Champions League group game,” he said. “If you have designs to win the competition you need to be able to comfortably beat Rennes.

“There was good composure, moving the ball from side to side and probing.”

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