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Chelsea have been in Yokohama, Japan for the second phase of the team’s pre-season after playing two games in Dublin, Ireland.
Chelsea will face Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale today, before playing Spanish giants Barcelona on Tuesday.
Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw with Bohemians in the team’s first pre-season game before beating St Patrick’s 4-0.
Speaking ahead of today’s pre-season game with Kawasaki Frontale, Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that the game will mark another step in the team’s preparation for the new season.
The Chelsea striker said: “The game against Kawasaki is another step in our preparation. It’s always nice to play foreign teams. We will expect a tough opposition because we are still in the beginning of our preparations, and also because it’s very hot and humid.
“But we want to win every single game and it will be an interesting one for sure.
“I am happy to come here, to visit Japan and see our fans. They are amazing. We want to give them a lot of pleasure on the pitch. Personally I will just try to do my job and be as efficient as possible.”
Lampard had already revealed how he will want his Chelsea side to play next season, insisting that he’ll same intensity that we use in his Derby County team.
“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 said, while explaining how he wants Chelsea to play.
“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.”