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Frank Lampard has been sweating it out with the boys in Dublin, as the new Chelsea manager tries to leave an imprint in the Chelsea team ahead of the new season.
Chelsea began Monday with 21 players in camp but finished with 35, as ten first-team players and four youngsters joined the pre-season camp to make it a large house over at Canton House in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
Some of the players have been there since Friday working it out with the new boss as the hard work continued with another double-session. For the new arrivals, the intensity of their training was slightly lighter.
The two groups of early and late arrivals will be combined soon, but some of the younger fringe players will head home after Wednesday’s first preseason friendly to presumably continue working on fitness with the development squad and/or look for loans or transfers.
The Blues will kick off their pre-season proper with a friendly game against Irish side Bohemians at Dalymount Park Dublin.
Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed how Lampard wants Chelsea to play, revealing that the new manager wants the Blues to play with intensity.
Azpilicueta said: “He wants us to play with high intensity and we want to be dominant in games, the manager has explained how he wants us to play and we are all enjoying the camp so far.”
Pre-season isn’t only about boosting fitness levels, but managers also try to get the players to understand their philosophy, and on Wednesday, we’d see just how far Lampard and his squad have come.