Frank Lampard: Chelsea need to improve fitness

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2019

Chelsea FC finished in third spot in the Premier League table under Sarri last term but the Blues lacked consistency throughout the campaign.

With the game being more about getting a closer look at his new set of players, it's safe to assume that Lampard would've preferred to have got his managerial career at Chelsea off to winning ways.

You would think a game of this little significance, right at the start of the season, would be the flawless time to put a game on Chelsea TV for free, to show off what the platform can do for Blues fans all year. "We were pleased with the outcome and I thought some of the performances, particularly from some of the young lads, were really good". We certainly pushed ourselves to the limit.

Lampard had promised a "clean slate" for every Chelsea player at his unveiling last week, and backed up his words by handing Batshuayi, Danny Drinkwater and Kenedy opportunities to impress from the start. "We want to get a level of fitness and intensity in their game".

Batshuayi, who had been on loan at Crystal Palace from January, also started and he fired in from close range after eight minutes.

Lampard made 11 changes at half-time, switching to a 4-3-3 system and introducing Tiemoue Bakayoko and Kurt Zouma as well as several academy prospects and Izzy Brown, fit again after a serious knee injury.

"The manager has explained how he wants us to play and we are all enjoying the camp so far", said the Spaniard. It was a tough game for us, we've only been here for a few days. There was pressure on the lads to work and we have been working hard, so I have been pleased with that.

"You've lost your best player that half of everything was built around last season in Hazard, you can't actually buy anybody else at the moment and that [the Federation Internationale de Football Association ban] looks like it might stick".

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