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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants his team to be able to pass from the back to attack.
The modern day attacking teams tend to start the attack from defence, through ball possession and retention, and goalkeepers are part of the process.
New Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has revealed that he had a conversation with Frank Lampard about how he ought to distribute the ball.
According to Mendy, Lampard has given him permission to pass short or go long depending on the situation.
“I’ve spoken with the coach about his particular demands with regards to how I play in terms of my distribution,” the 28-year-old said.
“The game here in England is not the same as in France so this will give me the opportunity to develop my game as well.
“The coach is very clear in terms of what he demands from us with distribution but it’s also up to me to take each moment in the game as it comes.
“Whether I play short or long is up to me to see where the opportunity lies. I have very clear instructions in both training and match situations but ultimately the ball is at my feet and it’s up to me to make those calls.”