Cesar Azpilicueta: How Chelsea FC will play under Frank Lampard
Chelsea FC star Cesar Azpilicueta explains Frank Lampard's plans for the Blues next term
Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed that new Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard wants the Blues to play with “high intensity” next season.
The Blues appointed their former midfielder Lampard as the west London club’s new manager last week following Maurizio Sarri’s departure.
Lampard led Derby County to the Championship play-off final last term before the Rams lost 2-1 to Aston Villa in the Wembley showpiece.
Chelsea FC finished in third spot in the Premier League table under Sarri last term but the Blues lacked consistency throughout the campaign.
The Blues ended a difficult season on a high note after Chelsea FC were 4-1 winners against Arsenal in the Europa League final.
Chelsea FC star Azpilicueta has now explained how Lampard intends to alter the west London side’s style of play in his first season in charge.
“I’m really looking forward to the new season,” Azpilicueta is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“We’ve all had a good break, which was needed after a long season with the Europa League running until the end of May.
“It was great to win a trophy to finish with and now we are all ready and raring to get back at it. It’s always a lot of hard work during pre-season but it’s the work you have to put in, to create a good base for our physical condition.
“He wants us to play with high intensity and we want to be dominant in games, the manager has explained how he wants us to play and we are all enjoying the camp so far.”
Chelsea FC have added Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Christian Pulisic to their squad this summer.
The Blues were able to reinforce their squad with Kovacic and Pulisic after having deals in place before Chelsea FC were handed a transfer ban for two windows.
Lampard is Chelsea FC’s record goal-scorer and the retired England midfielder won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League at Stamford Bridge.