Thanks to Chelsea TV and the club’s Twitter account, we have seen all kinds of images and footage of Frank Lampard’s first few days as Chelsea boss.
However, what we haven’t known yet is what he said to the players – barring the occasional barked order in the background of a training video.
According to today’s copy of the Daily Mirror, who quote club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, the English midfielder was focused on giving a general impression to the players of how he wants to play.
Azpi said that the message had been that the new coach wants them to play with “high intensity” and be “dominant” in games.
We certainly saw “dominance” of the ball last season under Maurizio Sarri, but not much “high intensity”. At times we had ridiculous levels of possession without making anything of it. That can all change now.
If we play anything like Lampard’s Derby, expect to see hard working players pressing from the forwards to the defenders. That should be a great remedy for some of the soporific football we saw last season.