And with pre-season training now on, the 25-year-old Kovacic has confessed he is seeking help from his new boss - who netted a club record 209 goals for Chelsea - to help him add goalscoring to his game.
"That feeling can be massive", said Azpilicueta, who is expected to captain Lampard's team. We knew he was good.
Lack of fitness, and perhaps a so-far unembedded "Lampard-system" were evident, and gave reason for Chelsea's shortcomings, but Keith Long's Bohemian's showed they were no pushovers, as a late Eric Molloy equaliser was enough for the Irishmen to grind out a result and put a small dampener on the Lampard homecoming party.
Unlike the English Premier League, the Irish league ends in October, meaning that Bohemians are now in the middle of their domestic season.
Since Roman Abramovich took over the London club they have become characterised for the rate at which they burn through managers.
"The Croatian added: "[Last year] was my first year so it was very hard but I think I did well.
'First of all, I needed him as a player at Derby.
"It could have been even better but we won a trophy, which is always important, and we finished third".
Former Arsenal transfer chief Dick Law has revealed the club were plotting moves for Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois before they joined Chelsea.
"At that moment no one could imagine a Chelsea side winning a trophy without players of their quality and we have to try to keep the level and replicate the success all the players in the past have had. Obviously, sometimes we could have done better and now we have something unusual that is a transfer ban and we have a chance to see a lot of young players that are coming back from loan".
"He was a hard worker so I'm looking forward to being better in this aspect, in working hard, fighting on the pitch and scoring goals".
Azpilicueta added, "it was hard but every year we had a chance to bring back trophies to the Bridge and I think we've been doing quite well".
Azpilicueta expanded on his plaudits, adding that Lampard's commitment to Chelsea during his playing career sets the flawless example for the current players to follow. We are very happy to have him with us.
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The quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers and it was initially ruled to be a magnitude 4.7 before it was revised to a 4.4. Geological Survey reports that a 4.6 magnitude natural disaster has rattled the Three Lakes area of Washington state.