Chelsea boss Lampard praises Abraham, Batshuayi after friendly win

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Frank Lampard has brought unity to Chelsea, says César Azpilicueta

"We have three goalkeepers here, myself, Kepa and Jamie [Cummings] and we work on specific-goalkeeper drills, while the rest of the players work with the other coaches". 'It is true that last season for periods we didn't give them what they expected. Our performances were not good enough and the reason they were not happy and negative.

Now under new leadership, Kovacic admits he has never experienced such a hard pre-season as Lampard prepares his squad for the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool and his Premier League bow at Old Trafford.

"He was an awesome player and he showed last season that he is a good coach as well". 'There is nothing to be anxious about, ' said the 29-year-old Spain worldwide.

Chelsea have hired Lampard as Maurizio Sarri's successor, but the club's record-goalscorer has his work cut out at Stamford Bridge.

A huge emphasis has been put on the potential chances that Chelsea's youth players will get now that Lampard is in charge.

"I'm sure his desire, his passion, for being a manager to have this chance to be the manager of Chelsea - the club that he loves and the fans love him - everyone at the club is very excited and the only way we can get it started is by winning".

"I just hope Billy keeps pushing on with that this season".

"We want to be adaptable, whether we need to change something in-game or for games", Lampard told chelseafc.com. 'We knew that to replicate the success of the great players in the past was hard but every year we've had the chance to bring trophies back to Stamford Bridge.

"We have a good bond and we are all enjoying the sessions so far". "During my time at City, I often spoke with Pablo Zabaleta and we would say that English teams needed big players who have won a lot of things in their career to become coaches here. We're not going to win anything thinking about the past or complaining".

Olivier Giroud scored twice as Chelsea beat St Patrick's 4-0 in a pre-season friendly in Dublin - Frank Lampard's first win as Blues boss. 'Now, the next stage for him is as a manager and he is our boss. "We need to have competition in the squad, we work hard here, the academy has been first class for years and we want those players to show they deserve a place in the team".

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