Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard has revealed that he is looking forward to the Premier League opener against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The new Blues’ boss is looking forward to a ‘huge game’ at an ‘incredible’ venue he remembers always staging a difficult match for Chelsea whatever the year. It will be no different this weekend.
The transfer ban means the fresh Chelsea faces in the squad who will head north are youngsters, most of whom have come through our Academy.
Lampard is excited at what the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James can offer his squad this season.
“I don’t know what their ambitions are but I know the talent they have,” stressed Lampard at his pre-match press conference. ‘‘I love working with them, training with them, I love them as lads because they’re very driven and they’re like sponges on the training pitch. They bring enthusiasm and quality to training every day, which gives great balance to our squad.”
“Youth is an important part of our squad. It’s not everything, for sure we need the experience and players who have been around the block a bit, but I am expectant. That’s not to put too much on their shoulders, it’s just what I see every day. That door has to be open for them, and they have to open the door and walk through it. Let’s see them do it,” Lampard revealed.
Another question posed at new manager drew on Lampard’s sentimentality. With the big kick-off so near now, what did it mean to be leading Chelsea into a new era? ‘‘It means a great deal and I don’t want to take it for granted,’ replied Lampard.
“It is an incredible feeling. I am very proud to be manager of this club. It means so much in terms of the affiliation I have with the fans. The day I moved across town to play for this club it became my club instantly. Everyone knows how I feel about Chelsea,” the club legend said.
“So to manage them is an amazing thing for me, but I am past the surreal feeling. I am in the job now. I know what the office looks like, I know everyone again, I have met the new faces I didn’t know before, and the important part now is what I do on the pitch. I am very dedicated to the task of not just being Chelsea manager; I want to be a successful one,” Lampard concluded.
Chelsea begin their Premier League campaign on Sunday when they take on Top Four rivals, Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. The game would kick-off at 4:30 pm (Nigerian time).
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