(Reuters) - New Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard stated he became pleased with the group’s response to his “taxing” pre-season programme following a 1-1 draw at Irish side Bohemians in his first healthy in charge.

Striker Michy Batshuayi put Europa League winners Chelsea beforehand inside the 8th minute earlier than trialist Eric Molloy levelled late on to grasp a draw at Dalymount Park in Dublin.

Lampard, who changed Maurizio Sarri this month after a season in fee of Championship side Derby County, stated the squad’s fitness was his important precedence ahead of the brand new season.


"i've a manner of working that may be taxing on the players and we wanted to get directly into it ... I need to stretch them due to the fact that s what pre-season is all approximately," the forty one-yr-old informed Chelsea s internet site.

“We should because we want fitness and depth in our game. I’m happy now not just with how they’ve nearly achieved things but with their mind-set in taking the whole lot on.

“We haven’t been again for long and this turned into our first sport after just a few days so there was a bit of stress on the men to work ... We’ve been working them difficult.”

Lampard, who gained three most reliable League titles and the Champions League as a Chelsea player, stated he changed into glad with the team’s performance despite failing to get the victory.

“We wanted to win due to the fact you usually do but it’s now not about that at this point,” Lampard brought.

“It’s about individuals getting match and pushing themselves to the restriction.”

Chelsea kick off their league marketing campaign in opposition to Manchester United at vintage Trafford on Aug. Eleven.