Chelsea boss Frank Lampard secured the first win of his Stamford Bridge reign after his Blues sides beat St.Patrick’s Athletic 4-0 today in a pre-season friendly in Dublin.
Highly-rated youngster Mason Mount, a player Lampard worked with during his loan spell at Derby last season, opened the scoring early, with Brazilian full-back Emerson Palmeiri netting just after the half-hour mark to send Chelsea in at the break 2-0 up against their League of Ireland opposition.
French striker Olivier Giroud then netted a brace during the second period to seal a comfortable win for the Premier League side.
Speaking after the game Lampard revealed that he is keen for his side to be able to adapt to different situations within games, and said that he’s expecting the level of the Blues’ play to improve as they become fitter.
“We want to be adaptable, whether we need to change something in-game or for games,” Lampard told chelseafc.com.
“That’s the way we train and I want the players to have that. We know we’re not bringing any players in so we need to find little ways in pre-season and we want to try to make it difficult for teams to play against us.
“It went really well in the first half. We had a lot of bodies in midfield and they dominated the ball in there, as they should do in this sort of game. As we get fitter, train more and the combinations get better, hopefully we’ll see more of that.”