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A lot of managers emphasise on hard work a lot during pre-season, and for many players they find it frustrating as they return to camp lazier and some even gain weight.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has revealed that Blues boss Frank Lampard angered the players a lot during pre-season due to the amount of work they put in running.
Lampard wants his Chelsea team to play a high tempo football and cover much ground on the pitch. The former Derby County boss places a lot of emphasis on pressing the opposition, and Abraham has revealed that it didn’t go down well with the players during pre-season.
“I think a lot of players were a bit upset about how much running we had to do in pre-season, but it’s all paying off now,” Abraham told The Athletic.
“It all makes sense why we did it, why we had such a hard pre-season.
“From when the manager came in he told us the style of play, how he wanted us to play, how to press. At first, I couldn’t do it. I had no energy. But as the season has gone on, I’ve got used to it.
“Now we know what he wants in the press, so for us, it’s about giving defenders no time on the ball – just rushing them.”