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It has never really gone well for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko at Chelsea, as he struggled to impress in his first year at the club.
The Frenchman had an awful first campaign with the Blues, having impressed in a breakout season for Monaco in both the Ligue 1 and the Champions League.
The 24-year-old arrived England with a lot of expectations on him, however he certainly failed to impress under Antonio Conte despite getting a lot of playing opportunitie and was then loaned out to AC Milan last season.
Bakayoko impressed while on loan with AC Milan, and there were hopes he’d do well on his return to Chelsea.
So far this summer, Bakayoko has again failed to impress for the Blues, despite having as many chances as anyone else so far in pre-season. The time is running out for him to win the heart of new manager Frank Lampard.
Chelsea face Barcelona on Tuesday in another pre-season fixture in Japan, and there is a chance that Bakayoko could start having been on the bench on Friday. Bakayoko now needs to show that he’s good enough to play for the Chelsea team, especially as there is so much competition in the Chelsea midfield.
And now, ahead of Tuesday’s game against Barcelona in the Rakuten Cup, Lampard has revealed that he’s looking forward to the game, as he had some massive experiences as a player against Barca.
“Barcelona are a team that I have some great memories of playing against, some good and some bad,” he 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.”