The Frank Lampard reign at Chelsea got off to an underwhelming start as his young side was held to a turgid 1-1 draw in his first pre-season friendly against Irish outfit Bohemians on Wednesday.
Michy Batshuayi's opener was cancelled out by trialist Eric Molloy's late goal, with Chelsea's unconvincing performance giving the new Chelsea boss a swift insight into the challenge he faces in his new role.
It was Frank Lampard's first match in charge of Chelsea since he replaced Maurizio Sarri.
"Fitness was our issue, we've been working hard on it, even this morning", he told a press conference after the game. I didn't think they'd get it last season.
"You've lost your best player that half of everything was built around last season in Hazard, you can't actually buy anybody else at the moment and that [the Federation Internationale de Football Association ban] looks like it might stick".
"Lamps, or should I say "Gaffer", is now our leader and he's going to try to do everything he can like he did when he was a player, and now it's up to us to help him build the spirit and the philosophy around the club to be successful". "We need intensity in our game, and I am pleased with the way they have worked and their attitude".
Chelsea are next in action against St Patrick's Athletic, another League of Ireland side, at Richmond Park in Dublin on Saturday.
"In the last few years his performances have been outstanding, and one of the pleasures of me getting this job is that I am able to work with players of his quality".
"The quicker we get there the better". It's our first game, we've only had four days training or so.
"This game was very early but the other players are back other than the injured boys and Pulisic is not with us yet but you will see some of them at the weekend", Lampard added.
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