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EPL: Azpilicueta speaks on Lampard’s first week as Chelsea manager, training pattern

EPL: Azpilicueta speaks on Lampard’s first week as Chelsea manager, training pattern

Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, has shared the team’s experience in the first week of Frank Lampard as manager.

He said his former teammate who has now been hired as manager, already brought “something special” to the Chelsea squad.

Chelsea started life under Lampard with a 1-1 draw against Bohemians in the Blues’ opening pre-season game in Ireland on Wednesday.

Lampard who’s Chelsea’s record goalscorer took over Maurizio Sarri as boss on July 4.

“It is true that last season, for periods, we didn’t give the fans what they expected,” Azpilicueta was quoted by Goal.

“Our performances were not good enough.

“We turned it around and won the Europa League but you can see that this season all of the fans are very happy we have the gaffer back at the Bridge.

“Now we have to give it back by working hard on the pitch, by winning games. We are very happy to have him with us. I can’t add anything to his career at Chelsea as a player.

“But, over his first week in training, I’ve seen the way he wants to play, the way he wants us to feel the shirt, the way he wants us to train every day, it is something special.

“He was here for a very long and very successful period, and always set an example: how he wanted to break every record or improve himself in every session.

“We have to be grateful and feel the passion for the shirt. We are very excited and the only way we can carry it on is by winning together, getting the feeling back of being all together as a club.

“We have to take responsibility and know that there are a lot of things [going on] around us, but we have to work hard to get better.”

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