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After his appointment as Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard travelled with 22 players to Dublin, Ireland, for a preseason training camp.
On Monday, 13 other players including Kepa Arrizabalaga, N’Golo Kante and David Luiz joined the training camp in Dublin which increased the number of players in the camp to 35.
According to The Telegraph, the biggest challenge for Lampard during the training camp in Dublin has been the sheer size of the group he has been working with and the staggered nature of the players’ return.
Christian Pulisic and Willian are yet to return for preseason after representing their various countries in continental competitions this summer.
The report claims Lampard has done the majority of the coaching himself so far and has included all of the players – as highlighted by the 22 players he fielded in the opening friendly against Bohemians.
8 players including Izzy Brown have left the training camp for London after the game against Bohemians, with Lampard wanting to be with a smaller squad size that he can manage during preseason.
Meanwhile, Lampard has admitted his players need to boost their fitness after a draw with Bohemians.
The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw in Dublin after Michy Batshuayi’s opener was cancelled out by trialist Eric Molloy’s late goal.
“Fitness was our issue, we’ve been working hard on it, even this morning,” Lampard told a press conference after the game.
“Fitness was always going to be an issue against a team that’s halfway through their season. We certainly pushed ourselves to the limit.
“The quicker we get there the better. It’s about individuals getting fit. Some of the young lads were really good. We want to get a level of fitness and intensity in their game.”