LONDON: New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he changed into pleased with the team’s response to his “taxing” pre-season programme following a 1-1 draw at Irish side Bohemians in his first match in rate.

Striker Michy Batshuayi placed Europa League winners Chelsea in advance inside the eighth minute earlier than trialist Eric Molloy levelled past due directly to take hold of a draw at Dalymount Park in Dublin.

Lampard, who replaced Maurizio Sarri this month after a season in price of Championship side Derby County, stated the squad’s fitness become his most important priority in advance of the new season.

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“i have a manner of operating that can be taxing on the gamers and we desired to get immediately into it … I want to stretch them because that’s what pre-season is all approximately,” the 41-12 months-old advised Chelsea’s website.

“We must because we need fitness and depth in our game. I’m happy not just with how they’ve almost carried out matters but with their mind-set in taking everything on.

“We haven’t been again for lengthy and this become our first recreation after just a few days so there was a bit of strain on the lads to work … we’ve been running them difficult.”

Lampard, who won three top-quality League titles and the Champions League as a Chelsea participant, said he turned into glad with the team’s performance notwithstanding failing to get the victory.

“We wanted to win because you constantly do but it’s not approximately that at this factor,” Lampard brought.

“It’s approximately people getting match and pushing themselves to the limit.”

Chelsea kick off their league marketing campaign towards Manchester United at vintage Trafford on Aug. 11.