Sunday 25 August 2019

'Good performance, good result' - Frank Lampard enjoys first win as Chelsea boss

St Patrick's Athletic 0 Chelsea 4

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard after his first win as Chelsea manager after the club friendly match between St Patrick's Athletic and Chelsea FC at Richmond Park in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard after his first win as Chelsea manager after the club friendly match between St Patrick's Athletic and Chelsea FC at Richmond Park in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Frank Lampard recorded his first win as Chelsea manager in yesterday's friendly against St Patrick’s Athletic in Inchicore, Dublin.

The Blues recorded a 4-0 victory in front of a sold-out Richmond Park as the club's Irish fanbase caught a glimpse of a side packed with top names.

Lampard oversaw his first game as Chelsea manager in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Bohemians at Dalymount Park, and Bohs' hero, trialist Eric Molloy, also featured for the Saints in today's game.

This friendly, however, was dominated by the reigning Europa League champions, with goals from Mason Mount, Emerson and a double from French striker Olivier Giroud sealing the win.

Other star names like David Luiz, Michy Batshuayi, Jorginho, Pedro, Cesar Azpilicueta and Mateo Kovacic all featured.

England Under-21 international Mount broke the deadlock with a cool finish after 14 minutes.

Italian defender Emerson then doubled Chelsea's lead just six minutes later.

Lampard made a host of substitutions with a new starting XI for the second half, including World Cup-winner Giroud who bagged a brace.

St Pat's will now concentrate on their Europa League qualifying round second leg clash away to Swedish side IFK Norrkoping on Thursday next, while Chelsea move on to Japan for the next leg of their pre-season tour.

Lampard told Sky Sports afterwards: "Good performance, good result. We could have scored a lot more goals was the one thing I was slightly frustrated with. But I was particularly impressed with the energy of the team I the first half, which I was thought was great.

"You have to put everything into these games to get something out of them. And the second half, I did not quite like as much and those are the things that show you need to keep working.

"Fitness is what we are striving for and combinations and we already have combinations with the ball, but our fitness can get much netter.

"A lot has been made of the younger players we have here and they need to know that if they impress and put what they did into a game like today's, then great.

"From the first moments you could see that Mason, Tammy and Tomori were really at it and that is what we want. We need to have competition in the squad, we work hard here, the academy has been first class for years and we want those players to show they deserve a place in the team."

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