Frank Lampard has just given a really long and interesting interview with Gary Neville for Sky Sports’ “The Overlap” podcast.
Almost a year on from his sacking at Chelsea, the club legend is able to open up a bit about what happened and how it all went down.
It’s interesting to hear his side of the story on how his second season went. One thing he discussed was how the signings that summer – in particular Timo Werner and Kai Havertz – fitted in.
"With Timo and Kai there was clearly going to be adaptation issues. They were shocked at the speed of training, physical demands of the game."
[via The Overlap]
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According to Lampard, they were “shocked” by the speed of training and the intense, physical nature of the Premier League.
As he says tough, that was clearly going to happen, and some might say they still haven’t adapted now, 18 months after arriving. It was notable how Havertz responded in a rough and physical contest against Watford last night.
But even the fact that is notable shows it’s been a long time coming.