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After Chelsea’s defeat to Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale in Frank Lampard’s third pre-season fixture of the summer, Lampard has revealed his major objective.
Speaking after the defeat, Lampard revealed that his major objective in pre-season was to build the team’s fitness ahead of the new season.
Ahead of Tuesday’s game with Barcelona, Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has revealed that more than the result, the team is looking to achieve good fitness level ahead of next season.
Alonso said: “Pre-season games are always good and they are a good test to see where you are in terms of trying to start a season well.
“Of course we train hard each day, usually double sessions, and we try new stuff out tactically, we work on the physical aspect of our game and it’s important to do that ahead of a new season.
“I think you have to stand up against good teams and it’s a test to be ready for the start of the season, by playing these games.
“It is good to play in these games but the main thing is getting our fitness and match sharpness ready for the start of the season.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he’s looking forward to the game against Barcelona on Tuesday.
“Barcelona are a team that I have some great memories of playing against, some good and some bad,” Lampard said.
“I have always had a huge respect for them because when you play against Barcelona you know you are playing against, they say, more than a club, and I agree with that. We are very proud to be here to play this match.
“Everybody has been very friendly, very respectful and we really appreciate that. When we come to Japan, the welcome we get is unforgettable.”