Lampard Sends Message To Chelsea Fans After His First Game As Chelsea Manager

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Frank Lampard didn’t have a dream start to his job as Chelsea boss as Bohemians held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night.

The Blues had gotten off to a flying start when Michy Batshuayi scored the opener after 8 minutes of play. Chelsea were unable to add another goal until the 89th minute when Bohemians trialist Eric Molloy scored the equaliser for the Irish side.

A number of Chelsea fans were able to make it to Dalymount Park to support the new manager and the team, and the new Chelsea boss paid tribute to the supporters who came all the way to watch his first match in charge of the Blues.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” Lampard said of his debut in the dugout.

“We have great support over here and we’ve seen that at the hotel every day with the fans coming to see us. We’ve always had big support here so thanks to them for coming out to see us play.”

Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was critical of Chelsea’s performance in Lampard’s first pre-season game, and he claimed that the players held onto the ball for too long.

“They lost the ball way too easy,” Hasselbaink said, according to Daily Express.

“Players were having too many touches, sometimes seven, eight touches and it slows the game down.

“It will be a lesson for Frank to see players and in a way it will make his mind up.”

“[Moving the ball fast] is his idea of how he wants to play the game.

“The majority of successful teams do move the ball quickly.

“We saw today, especially in the second half, certain players were dwelling a little bit too much on the ball. They didn’t have a solution before they had the ball.

“It might be that it’s pre-season, it might be that they’re not fit yet and it will come. For some it might be a little too much.

“That is for Frank to figure out, who those players are and who he will go further with.

“That’s why those games are so important.”

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