Lampard's Chelsea reign begins with draw ahead of Manchester United game

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Given how much the average Chelsea supporter pays to go to the games or watch them on premium TV all year, the fact that what is effectively a preseason fitness session is being charged for is a bit of a farce.

The last time the Chelsea fans were on the road was to Baku for the Europa League final win, and they made the considerably shorter journey to Dublin to get a first glimpse of Lampard in the dugout.

Frank Lampard was impressed with the performances of Chelsea's young talent, after beginning his reign at Stamford Bridge with a 1-1 friendly draw with Bohemians in Dublin.

"Players were having too many touches, sometimes seven, eight touches and it slows the game down".

Chelsea kick off their league campaign against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 11.

"This is what pre-season is all about and the quicker we get there, to the level we want, then the better".

"I'm really looking forward to the new season", Azpilicueta is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

"It was great to win a trophy to finish with and now we are all ready and raring to get back at it". It's always a lot of hard work during pre-season but it's the work you have to put in, to create a good base for our physical condition.

"[Moving the ball fast] is his idea of how he wants to play the game".

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Lampard successfully guided Derby to the Championship play-off final in May, where they narrowly lost to Villa, showing off some tactical masterstrokes along the way, particularly at Elland Road in a 2-4 victory over Leeds United.

The Blues were able to reinforce their squad with Kovacic and Pulisic after having deals in place before Chelsea FC were handed a transfer ban for two windows.

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