Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has set a high fitness standard for his players after he ran 9km distance back from training.
Lampard, in the midst of his first pre-season campaign in charge of the Blues, demonstrated his enviable fitness levels after deciding to run back to the team’s hotel after training.
Lampard and his coaching staff showed the players how fit they are by also going through a rigorous stair climb challenge.
Chelsea assistant boss Jody Morris even joked Lampard was fit enough to make a return to action for the Blues.
Lampard will want the players to quickly improve their fitness levels ahead of the new Premier League season. The 41 year old has been notably hands-on during Chelsea’s training sessions in Japan, often joining in with his new squad during drills.
Chelsea drew our first preseason game against Bohemians before beating St Patrick’s 4-0. The Blues lost 1-0 to Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale on Friday and Lampard will be hoping for an improvement against Barcelona on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Pedro has admitted the preseason under Lampard has been hardwork.
Pedro said: “We’ve been training really hard with Frank this week.”
“It’s very hard work, high intensity. We’re pressing a lot without the ball, when we’ve got the ball we have to move it quickly, and in transition (we have to be) very good.”
“It’s very good to work under Frank. He’s a legend at this club. He’s a very good coach with very good ideas but it’s only five days working with him and for the future we have to prepare very well this month.”