'It is something special' - Lampard's work with Chelsea squad hailed by Azpilicueta


Willy Caballero can not wait to get the season started having already seen the impact new boss Frank Lampard's has made at Chelsea. Lampard's appointment last week has instantly reunited the club after a campaign when supporters turned against his predecessor Maurizio Sarri. "We have three goalkeepers here, myself, Kepa and Jamie [Cumming] and we work on specific-goalkeeper drills, while the rest of the players work with the other coaches". "Our performances were not good enough".

The Europa League winners are under a transfer embargo and have lost their stellar performer, Eden Hazard, to Real Madrid.

The Blues are aiming to challenge for the Premier League title next season after they finished third and won the Europa League in Sarri's one and only season in charge of the club. "Now we have to give it back by working hard on the pitch, by winning games - which I think is the best way to be even more together and drive in the same way". 'There is nothing to be anxious about, ' said the 29-year-old Spain global.

"I think the experience he has as a player playing at the highest level, playing under a lot of very good managers - his personality, his behaviour, his confidence - I think there is nothing to be anxious about". 'I am sure his desire and passion for being manager and this chance to be manager of Chelsea, the club he loves and where the fans love him. We are very happy to have him with us. "Every year gets harder and harder and we have to be ready".

Frank Lampard may not have the managerial experience that his top six counterparts posses, but he could be the ideal manager to help Batshuayi fulfil his potential. 'In those moments we couldn't imagine a Chelsea side winning a trophy without those quality players. It was a tough first game for us as we have not been back for long. "Obviously, sometimes we could have done better and now we have something unusual that is a transfer ban and we have a chance to see a lot of young players that are coming back from loan". 'We're not going to win anything thinking about the past, complaining.

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Chelsea's mannequins have become the unfortunate victims of Frank Lampard's return to the club as the head coach prepares to wrap up his first pre-season trip in charge of the Blues.

And for the first few minutes it was, as Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi stabbed home from close-range to give Chelsea the lead after just 8 minutes.

Pedro also referred to Lampard as a "legend" in his eyes.

There's been very little indication as to what the former Derby manager has planned for the Frenchman at Stamford Bridge, but if he doesn't fit into the new philosophy, then at least he can sleep easy knowing someone out there wants him.