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Liverpool vs Chelsea, Super Cup: Frank Lampard, lessons learned, goals, highlights, video, Tammy Abraham, penalties, shootout

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The Super Cup, much like the Community Shield, is viewed in England as largely a meaningless exercise; a needless extra game to distract the squad from the primary focus of the Premier League so soon after it has started.

And an end-to-end Super Cup, which drains the legs physically and the mind mentally, is particularly unwelcome – although not for Frank Lampard and Chelsea.

By the time the game had finished at 1am in Istanbul, Lampard had learned so much more about his team than he had in the humbling 4-0 defeat to Manchester United on the weekend.

He made changes to the starting XI, bringing in the more experienced trio of Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic, the latter for his full Chelsea debut, but still trusted in the youth of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount off the bench.

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