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Chelsea have already started their preparations for the new season with Frank Lampard and his team currently out in Dublin.
The Blues start their pre-season campaign on Wednesday evening with a game against Bohemians, before then taking on St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday afternoon.
Lampard’s first squad is a mixture of youth and experience as a number of players are still currently away on their break following their involvement in the recent international fixtures.
Kurt Zouma, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi are all back for the Blues after their respective loan spells last season, with youngsters Ian Maatsen, Billy Gilmour and Conor Gallagher also part of the squad.
Cesar Azpilicueta is now in his eighth pre-season as a Chelsea player and he is excited as ever to get going once again.
Asked if he’s looking forward to working under his former teammate next season, the Spaniard opened up on pre-season training and how the new head coach wants the team to play.
“I’m really looking forward to the new season,” he told the club’s official website . “We’ve all had a good break, which was needed after a long season with the Europa League running until the end of May.
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“It was great to win a trophy to finish with and now we are all ready and raring to get back at it.
“It’s always a lot of hard work during pre-season but it’s the work you have to put in, to create a good base for our physical condition.
“We want to play with high intensity and we want to be dominant in games, the manager has explained how he wants us to play and we are all enjoying the camp so far.”
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