Lampard's Chelsea reign begins with draw

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has rubbished claims that new boss Frank Lampard's inexperience in management will be a problem for the club, amid calls for the club to reunite under his leadership following a rocky season.

"I think the experience he has as a player playing at the highest level, playing under a lot of very good managers - his personality, his behaviour, his confidence - I think there is nothing to be anxious about. You can see all the fans are very happy and now that we have the gaffer back at the Bridge we have to give back", Azpilicueta affirmed. All the senior players. are happy and we are trying to help all of them.

"I'm sure his desire, his passion, for being a manager to have this chance to be the manager of Chelsea - the club that he loves and the fans love him - everyone at the club is very excited and the only way we can get it started is by winning. We have to take responsibility and know that there are a lot of things [going on] around us, but we have to work hard to get better".

Striker Michy Batshuayi put Europa League winners Chelsea ahead in the eighth minute before trialist Eric Molloy leveled late on to snatch a draw at Dalymount Park in Dublin.

'We knew that to replicate the success of the great players in the past was hard but every year we've had the chance to bring trophies back to Stamford Bridge. "It could have been even better but we won a trophy, which is always important, and we finished third".

The new Blues manager took charge of his first game on Wednesday night as Chelsea FC played out a 1-1 draw with Irish club Bohemians. "We're not going to win anything thinking about the past or complaining".

Pedro also referred to Lampard as a "legend" in his eyes.

Azpilicueta, 29, was a team-mate of Lampard's for two years between the Spaniard's arrival from Marseille in 2012 and Lampard's departure in 2014.

"Players were having too many touches, sometimes seven, eight touches and it slows the game down".

"The way he showed in every training session, the way he wanted to break every record, the way he wanted to improve in every single session, to improve his finishing, the way he was playing was something really special to be by his side".

"He's the boss now and we will follow him obviously. We're pressing a lot without the ball, when we've got the ball, we have to move it quickly, and in transition (we have to be) very good".

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