• Chelsea need to improve fitness – Lampard

    New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted his side need to boost their fitness after their 1-1 draw with Bohemians.

    The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw in Dublin after Michy Batshuayi’s opener was cancelled out by triallist Eric Molloy’s late goal.

    It was Lampard’s first game after he was appointed at Stamford Bridge after his exit from Derby last week.

    ‘Fitness was our issue, we’ve been working hard on it, even this morning,’ he told a media conference after the game.

    ‘Fitness was always going to be an issue against a team that’s halfway through their season. We certainly pushed ourselves to the limit.

    ‘The quicker we get there the better. It’s about individuals getting fit. Some of the young lads were really good. We want to get a level of fitness and intensity in their game.’

    Lampard gave Danny Drinkwater the chance to perform from the start after he was frozen out by previous boss Mauricio Sarri.

    Batshuayi, who had been on loan at Crystal Palace from January, also started and he fired in from close range after eight minutes.

    Tiemoue Bakayoko and Kurt Zouma featured after their loans last term but Lampard was denied victory following Molloy’s 89th-minute leveller.

    ‘I’ve enjoyed it, we’ve got great support over here. It was a tough game for us, we’ve only been here for a few days. But I’m pleased with how we got on,’ Lampard added.

    ‘I’ve been pleased with the players’ attitude since I arrived last week.’

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