Lampard reveals what he did during the international break and what pleased him most

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The international break has come and gone and Chelsea’s recent form will be tested with a massive tie against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Blues are on a winning streak of six games and face a huge test on Saturday at the ground where they lost 6-0 last season.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has now revealed that he spent the international break watching videos of Manchester City in order to know about his opponent.

Lampard said: “I’ve been watching videos of City a lot. It’s been an overload of watching Manchester City, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and all their fantastic players. They’ve had some injury issues in defensive areas but they’re a great team and as big a threat as they’ve always been in recent years.”

While Lampard was busy working hard to get his tactics for this game, he let his staff go on break.

Lampard said in his press conference: “The international break is different and it can feel quite long. I gave quite a big break for a lot of the staff and the players who aren’t with their international teams. We try to get the balance between work and rest and it’s hopefully a nice little recharge for us all because it is taxing, not just for myself but for the staff and the players themselves.

“They need some family time – some weeks go by without days off and a lot of hours and a lot of travel so we try to utilise a bit of time for them.”

Lampard also revealed he was pleased with youngsters Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount who also scored while on international duty with England.

The Chelsea boss said: “I was so pleased to watch them play and score. It’s a continuation of their form and I know from being that younger in England that when you go away and something like that happens, it boosts your confidence and gives you another sense of feeling at home at that level.”

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