Tuesday night was a special night for Chelsea youngster Faustino Anjorin, who was handed his first senior start in the Champions League against Russian side Krasnodar.
The 19-year-old Nigerian eligible player joined the club as a seven-year-old and has risen through the various youth levels to become part of the senior team.
He made his senior debut during a League Cup tie against Grimsby Town in 2019, before making his Premier League bow back in March.
Against Krasnodar, Anjorin started in a three-man attack, and he reflected on the match at the end of the clash.
“It’s a special night for me and my family, especially with the fans back now as well,” he said. “To be able to have them here for my full debut was just amazing,”
“My family were here as well. We had about five tickets so everyone was buzzing! I had loads of people asking for tickets but obviously, because of Covid-19 they can’t all come so I had to select a few but they were all delighted.”
He further revealed how Frank Lampard broke the news that he will start.
“I got called in for training so I had some suspicions but at first I thought I’d be on the bench,” he explained. “When we put the team out in training, he [Lampard] said “Tino, left-wing” and that’s when I was like “am I starting?” After that, Frank came up to me and asked if I was excited for my debut!
“It was different and it took me a while to get used to the position,” he said of playing wide on the left. “I thought on the ball I did well and off the ball I could have been a bit better but obviously that’s just me having not played there very often. It’s a performance I can definitely improve on,”
Anjorin will for sure have more time to improve after Lampard confirmed he will ‘spend time’ with the senior team following injuries to Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi.