Frank Lampard was satisfied with his first game in the Chelsea dugout in a 1-1 draw against Bohemians in Dublin.
Lampard got off to a dream start on Wednesday when Michy Batshuayi fired Chelsea into an eighth-minute lead after Kenedy was denied.
But victory in Ireland wasn’t the priority, with Lampard changing his starting eleven altogether during the break. The new Blues boss mixed experienced with youth and reintroduced the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Kurt Zouma, who spent last season away on loan.
Eric Molloy then denied Lampard a perfect start by scoring an 89th-minute equaliser to earn Irish side Bohemians a 1-1 draw.
Nonetheless, the 41-year-old was pleased with what he saw from his new squad.
“It was a tough game for us. We haven’t been back for long and this was our first game after just a few days so there was a bit of pressure on the lads to work today,” he told the club’s website.
“We’ve been working them very hard and we did the same this morning as well. I want to stretch them because that’s what pre-season is all about.
“We wanted to win obviously because you always do but it’s not about that at this point – it’s about individuals getting fit and pushing themselves to the limit.
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“We were pleased with the outcome and I thought some of the performances, particularly from some of the young lads, were really good.”
Fitness is the priority right now for Lampard as his players work their way back up to match fitness following the summer break. Overall, though, the Chelsea team’s desire to learn left him pleased.
“We’ve been really happy with them,” continued Lampard.
“I have a way of working that can be taxing on the players and we wanted to get straight into it.
“We have to because we want fitness and intensity in our game. I’m happy not just with how they’ve practically done things but with their attitude in taking everything on.”
Lampard and Chelsea will return to action on Saturday against St Patrick’s Athletic in Dublin.