Lampard to run Chelsea as he sees fit

Sports | REUTERS 12 Jul 2019

New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he is pleased with the team's response to his "taxing" pre-season program following a 1-1 draw at Irish side Bohemians in his first match in charge.

Michy Batshuayi put the Europa League winners ahead in the eighth minute before trialist Eric Molloy levelled late on in Dublin.

Lampard, who replaced Maurizio Sarri this month after a season in charge of Championship side Derby County, said the squad's fitness was his main priority.

"I have a way of working that can be taxing on the players and we wanted to get straight into it," the 41-year-old said. "I want to stretch them because that's what pre-season is all about.

"We want fitness and intensity in our game. I'm happy not just with how they've practically done things but with their attitude in taking everything on.

"We haven't been back for long and this was our first game so there was a bit of pressure on the lads ... We've been working them hard."

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