Lampard explains how lockdown has affected his tactics

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The Premier League resumed just last month, and it has been a long road to resumption, as the league was suspended for about three months.

Before the games resumed, the players had to go on two phases of training as Project Restart created a number of strategies to ensure that football resumed successfully.

While on lockdown, the Chelsea players weren’t left in the dark as Lampard ensured that fitness kits and routines were passed on to them.

Lampard has now explained how tasking it was for him and his players as he told the media: “I’ve found it a really nice and interesting challenge, from the start. The small-group training actually helped in a way in getting specific physical work in with the players. It was testing in a work sense in that we are quite small staff here for a Premier League club. We had separate, staggered groups, and to keep it interesting but also practical for the players is work. That was something we learned from and enjoyed.

“In the shorter pre-season, the balance of incorporating your physical work and your tactical work together is something you’re always trying to find. It was even more important in this short time. We had great buy-in from the players, with the harder sessions we were putting on, to try and ramp up the intensity quickly. They really performed well and rose to the challenge.”

Lampard has really got his tactics spot on since the resumption of the league and he has now revealed that lockdown helped him fine-tune his tactics.

Lampard said: “Lockdown gave me some really good reflection time on ways we can improve, and hopefully that will show until the end of the season.

“Now the games have started it’s more about ticking over between games, keeping the players in the best condition physically, so there is a lot of video analysis with the players because we can’t work that hard.”

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