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Frank Lampard has been a Chelsea manager for a week now and his first game as Chelsea boss ended in a draw as the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw with Irish side Bohemians at Dalymount Park Dublin on Wednesday night.
Up next for Lampard is against Irish side St Patrick’s on Saturday, as the new boss looks to leave a mark on the team before the season starts.
talkSport analyst Oliver Dawnay believes that Lampard has five problems to solve ahead of the new season.
Dawnay first revealed that Lampard must be able to manage the current squad despite the transfer ban. Lampard will not be able to sign players this summer and in January, but he’s expected to achieve a fairly successful season nevertheless.
Secondly, Dawnay points that Lampard must be ready to make do without the departed Eden Hazard. Hazard has been the star of the Chelsea team but left this summer for Real Madrid, and Dawnay has pointed this as a problem Lampard must solve.
For years, Chelsea have been crying out for a manager that will play youth, and Dawnay has revealed that Lampard should be the one to solve that problem.
Lampard might not be experienced as a manager, but Dawnay believes he must overcome this so as not to end up like Gary Neville and Thierry Henry who flopped woefully as managers.
The fifth is something not within Lampard’s reach as Roman Abtamovich is needed in the Chelsea box as before.
Speaking after the game against Bohemians, Lampard revealed that the problem with the team was fitness insisting that he wants his side to quickly get to a new fitness level.
Lampard said: “Fitness was our issue, obviously. We’ve been working them hard and worked them hard this morning, I wanted to stretch them and put them under pressure a bit as that’s what pre-season is all about.
“The quicker we get to the level we want the better for us. It was good competition for us, we would have wanted the win obviously as you always do but it’s not about that at this point, it’s about individuals getting fit and pushing themselves to the limit and I thought some of the performances, particularly from the young lads were really good.”