Chelsea get back to work after Frank Lampard’s first game in charge as they look ahead to second Irish friendly against St Patrick’s
- Frank Lampard’s first game in charge ended in a draw on Wednesday night
- Bohemians scored a late equaliser in the Blues’ first game of pre-season
- The Blues were back on the training ground in Dublin on Thursday afternoon
- Lampard’s team face St Patrick’s in their second pre-season fixture on Saturday
Frank Lampard gave his players no time to dwell on their first game of pre-season as he had them back on the training ground on Thursday.
The Blues icon’s first game as manager ended in a draw against Bohemians on Wednesday night, the Irish side equalising late on after Michy Batshuayi opened the scoring in the opening stages.
There was clearly plenty more work to be done before the season comes around and the London club set about it at their base on the outskirts of Dublin.
Frank Lampard gestures during Chelsea’s training session at Carton House on Thursday
Left to right: Pedro, Olivier Giroud, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho and Danny Drinkwater get together for a photo
Lampard (right) watches on as his players did their best to impress him in a practice match
Chelsea’s players looked in good spirits in what was a fairly relaxed session as sights turned to their second friendly against Irish opposition.
Lampard, who even took part in some of the drills, gets his next chance to secure a first win in charge on Saturday afternoon against St Patrick’s.
After that, they face a much stiffer test in Barcelona, before playing Reading and Red Bull Salzburg. They finish pre-season with a match against Borussia Monchengladbach.
English midfielder attempts to beat goalkeeper with a shot during a finishing drill
David Luiz rides a challenge as Chelsea geared up for their second game of pre-season
Ces Azpilicueta (left) was all smiles on a sunny day on the outskirts of Dublin
The London club’s Premier League campaign gets underway against Manchester United on August 11.
Teenage full-back Reece James gave fans an injury update on Thursday night, revealing he had undergone surgery and it had gone well.
The 19-year-old suffered an ankle ligament injury during England’s Toulon Tournament defeat to Chile last month.