Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta has given fans an idea of what new manager Frank Lampard is expecting of his players ahead of his first game in charge.
The Blues begin their pre-season schedule against Bohemians on Wednesday, Lampard having only conducted his first training session last week.
And Azpilicueta says the Chelsea legend had a very simple message for his players from the get go – to play with high intensity and dominate their opponents.
‘I’m really looking forward to the new season,’ Azpilicueta said.
‘We’ve all had a good break, which was needed after a long season with the Europa League running until the end of May.
‘It was great to win a trophy to finish with and now we are all ready and raring to get back at it. It’s always a lot of hard work during pre-season but it’s the work you have to put in, to create a good base for our physical condition.
‘He wants us to play with high intensity and we want to be dominant in games, the manager has explained how he wants us to play and we are all enjoying the camp so far.’
Chelsea have six pre-season matches planned for the weeks ahead. Their short Ireland tour will see them play Bohemians and St Patrick’s Athletic.
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.
Chelsea’s Premier League season gets underway against Manchester United on August 11.