Frank Lampard was impressed with the performances of Chelsea’s young talent, after beginning his reign at Stamford Bridge with a 1-1 friendly draw with Bohemians in Dublin.
An inexperienced Chelsea side took the lead through returning loanee Michy Batshuayi, before conceding a late equaliser as Bohemians’ Eric Molloy secured a draw for the Irish side.
Lampard handed opportunities to the likes of Dujon Sterling, Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour, with the Chelsea boss praising the contribution of his players, but in particular, his young stars.
“It was a tough game for us,” Lampard told chelseafc.com.
“We haven’t been back for long and this was our first game after just a few days so there was a bit of pressure on the lads to work today.
“We’ve been working them very hard and we did the same this morning as well. I want to stretch them because that’s what pre-season is all about.
“We wanted to win obviously because you always do but it’s not about that at this point – it’s about individuals getting fit and pushing themselves to the limit.
“We were pleased with the outcome and I thought some of the performances, particularly from some of the young lads, were really good.”