Frank Lampard’s Chelsea reign has been one of a mixed bag so far, but his team are starting to gather momentum and showing signs of playing some really good football.
A lot of that is the intensity and high press that Lampard asks his players to play. He wants them to hunt in packs high up the pitch to win the ball back as soon as possible.
For players to do this, you need elite levels of fitness. Something that a handful of Chelsea players have struggled with in the past.
One player who seems to be a perfect mould for that is striker Tammy Abraham. The 22-year old is full of energy and is the main focal point up front in the high press, but he admits it took him a while to get to that level initially.
Lampard has a number of other players who are suited to this style of play such as Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante.
But Abraham has revealed to The Athletic that a number of players were struggling with the intensity and all the running Lampard had put into training in pre-season. Thankfully though, they got used to it and the benefits are really showing now.
“I think a lot of players were a bit upset about how much running we had to do in pre-season but it’s all paying off now.
“It all makes sense why we did it, why we had such a hard pre-season. From when the manager came in he told us the style of play, how he wanted us to play, how to press.
“At first, I couldn’t do it. I had no energy. But as the season has gone on, I’ve got used to it.
“Now we know what he wants in the press, so for us, it’s about giving defenders no time on the ball — just rushing them.”