Frank Lampard’s work with Derby County last season was enough to convince the Chelsea board and Roman Abramovich to make him the team’s new manager, despite having just one year experience as a manager.
Lampard’s Derby County were aggressive and played a mix of possession and fast tempo football. They pressed with intensity and also were good on the ball. Even when they came against Premier League sides Manchester United and Chelsea, Derby County showed they were no pushovers – defeating Manchester United and Chelsea only won by a slim margin.
Lampard had revealed in a previous interview that he wants his team to play with intensity, and Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has confirmed that Lampard’s training method is full of intensity.
“It’s been really good to be back together with all the boys,” Barkley said. “We are working hard. The training sessions have been really intense. We have been up and running with the new manager straight away and we have put in a lot of extra miles.
“There’s only Christian [Pulisic] who needs to bed in, plus some of the young lads who will get a chance. There is so much talent in the squad. We have got a new manager, a legend of the club, and a new playing style, so it’s going to be an exciting season. We’re all thinking positively.”
Chelsea’s pre-season seems to be going well as the Blues showed glimpses of what to expect in the 4-0 win against St Patrick’s in Dublin. Chelsea next face Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona on Friday and Tuesday respectively.
“What I tried to do last year at Derby, and what we will try to do this season, is have an aggressive team with energy, bravery on the ball and an ability to move the ball quickly,” Lampard said, while explaining how he wants Chelsea to play.
“I have huge respect for the teams at the top of the league at this moment in time. I look at Manchester City and Liverpool to see the speed of their game and that is the speed I want to see from my team.
“Work-rate is really important for me and that starts on the training pitch. I realised that even more last season being on this side of the fence. I always focused on myself as a player but now I can watch players more closely and see the real correlation between how you push yourself in training and how you perform at the weekend. That’s a big thing for me.”