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Maurizio Sarri brought possession style of play to Stamford Bridge last season, but we are to expect a different kind of game under new boss Frank Lampard next season.
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.
Chelsea youngster Mason Mount has revealed what Lampard expects from the team. Mount played under Lampard’s tutelage last season, and he has now revealed just how Lampard expects Chelsea to play.
“We want to play attacking football, we want to press and then to win the ball back as quickly as we can when we lose it,” Mount told the official Chelsea website.
“That’s the way Frank wants to play and it can work really well, like we saw last season at Derby. There’s a lot of running and hard work involved in that so we’ve started working towards it in pre-season and all the boys have bought into it.”
Mount’s statement also matches what Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta said last week. The Spaniard had revealed how Lampard wants Chelsea to play, saying 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.”