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Frank Lampard has started work as the new Chelsea boss, with the Blues currently in Dublin Ireland, preparing for the new season.
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.
Maurizio Sarri brought possession style of play to Stamford Bridge last season, but we are to expect a different kind of game under Lampard. 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 skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed how Lampard wants Chelsea to play, revealing 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.”
Lampard had also revealed in an interview how the team will play next season as he looks to bring back intensity to Chelsea’s game.
“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 explained.
“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.”