'It was a tough game for us' - Lampard on his Chelsea dugout debut
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'It was a tough game for us' - Lampard on his Chelsea dugout debut

'It was a tough game for us' - Lampard on his Chelsea dugout debut

11 Jul 2019, 17:35

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted they came up against 'tough opponents', when they faced Bohemians in the club's first match of their preseason tour in Ireland on Wednesday night. 

The team was held to a 1-1 draw by the Dublin-based side, in what was Lampard's first match in charge since replacing Maurizio Sarri. 

Speaking after the match, Lampard, however, said he was happy with the draw, further adding that he picked positives from the match. 

"It was a tough game for us. We haven’t been back for long and this was our first game after just a few days so there was a bit of pressure on the lads to work today. We’ve been working them very hard and we did the same this morning as well. I want to stretch them because that’s what pre-season is all about," he said. 

"We wanted to win obviously because you always do but it’s not about that at this point – it’s about individuals getting fit and pushing themselves to the limit. We were pleased with the outcome and I thought some of the performances, particularly from some of the young lads, were really good," he added. 

The squad will now return to their Dublin base to continue pre-season work before taking on St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

Lampard revealed that the likes of David Luiz, Olivier Giroud, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic could feature in that game after returning as part of the second group.

Read more: BREAKING: Arsenal captain refuses to travel with team for pre-season tour



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