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The new season will begin for Chelsea next month with an away trip to Manchester United on August 11th.
Chelsea are set to introduce something new next season, as the Blues will have open training sessions for fans to see next season under new boss Frank Lampard.
On August 21, three days after Chelsea’s first home game of the season against Leicester City, the Blues will hold open training sessions at Stamford Bridge. The event will be free, although attendance will be limited to just 5000. Season tickets holders can reserve their tickets now, with a general sale to follow on Wednesday, starting at 9am London-time.
This will be a welcome development for the fans next season, as it’s something that’s been rarely done by the club.
The training will also involve some family-friendly entertainment, face-painting, freestylers, and such to keep the atmosphere a lively one.
Chelsea used to hold open training sessions in the past when training was still conducted at Harlington, but things have changed since the move to Cobham.
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte did something similar in early August three years ago, and that was the first time Chelsea had held open training in many years; now will be the second.
Following the appointment of Frank Lampard as the new Blues boss, Chelsea are trying to create fan-engagement ahead of the new season. The Blues are trying to improve the good vibes around the club after last season’s poor atmosphere as the Chelsea fans never got on well with former boss Maurizio Sarri.
Many doubt Lampard will be successful at Chelsea due to his inability to make new signings but Lampard has confidence in his current squad and has backed the team to be successful next season.
“I watched a lot of Chelsea last year under Maurizio Sarri,” Lampard said ahead of Chelsea’s pre-season clash with Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama, Japan.
“In terms of the way that the season finished, to win the Europa League and secure Champions League football, it was a successful season. But for me, the story is not to look backwards.
“I know the club very well, I know the players very well. I have my own way that I want to work with the players, and I have to say in one week that we have been training I have been very happy with the attitude and the quality of the players. My job now is to work hard in pre-season with them.
“I like my teams to play with a lot of energy and speed, with and without the ball, so I want to win it back as quickly as we can. When we have the ball, I want to move the ball quickly and create chances and win games and feel like we are playing football that we enjoy. So, that is my job now.
“I think I have inherited very good players. We can’t bring any players in this year, we know that, but I don’t need new players. I am very happy with the squad and determined for us to be successful.”