Frank Lampard might have seen his Chelsea side held to a 1-1 draw in his first game as the Blues’ manager but he insists he is happy with the attitude of his players.
Chelsea took the lead thanks to a Michy Batshuayi goal in the first-half, however a late equaliser from Bohemians saw the game at Dalymount Park in Dublin end up all square.
Previous Chelsea bosses have generally not been given much time by club owner Roman Abramovich if expectations have failed to be met.
However, given the circumstance that Lampard has to deal with, such as the club being under a two-window transfer ban, it is understood he might be given some extra leeway given the current circumstances.
Lampard, who is the club’s record goalscorer and signed a three-year contract to become the new Chelsea manager worth £4million-a-year at the start of the month, has made it clear he has several plans he wants to put in place at the club.
The former England international will introduce several players into his first-team squad with the addition of Christian Pulisic joining from Borussia Dortmund after signing in January and Tiemoue Bakayoko returning from a loan spell with AC Milan to name a few.
Lampard will also face the decision of what to do with the club’s plethora of young talent and must determine whether or not players will be given the chance to break into the first-team or loaned out to help with their development.
However, Lampard has insisted he is “happy” with what he has seen so far but has also identified some areas the team need to work on.
“I have been really happy,” Lampard said.
“We have high standards and we have brought that in.
“We need intensity in our game and I am pleased with the way their have worked and their attitude.”
Lampard took 22 players to Ireland with him, and although several youngsters were on show, Danny Drinkwater and Batshuayi were given the opportunity to show their talents from the start.
He made 11 changes at half-time with Bakayoko and defender Kurt Zouma given the chance to impress.
One player Lampard is keen to keep hold of is winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The 18-year-old, who is current recovering from an Achilles injury he picked up in April, was left feeling frustrated at times last season under former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
However, after the Italian left to join Juventus this summer, Lampard is hopeful the youngster will now commit to a long-term deal.
Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in January amid interest from Bayern Munich, who are still keen on signing the winger, and Lampard wasted no time in praising the England international since taking over the reins at Stamford Bridge.
“I am not going to say things that are pie in the sky but, with his talent, he can be central to this team, he can be central to England,” Lampard said about Hudson-Odoi.
“He can show, right here at Chelsea, the team he came through the academy at, that he is going to be a world-class player – because I truly believe that.
“I will pay a lot of care and attention to Callum – because of the contractual position he is in – to try to get him to stay, and not with any lies or any false statements to him.
“That of course goes to a decision between him and the club and I am not involved in the financial negotiations, but I can certainly tell him how I see it and I see him being a huge player for us.”