Chelsea star explains why he is relishing playing under Frank Lampard

Chelsea winger Pedro has described Frank Lampard as “a legend” – and said the new boss is drilling his players to hit the Premier League with a “high-intensity” game next season.

Lampard took charge of his first game as Chelsea boss on Wednesday night, with his team held to a 1-1 draw by Bohemians in Dublin .

Michy Batshuayi’s first-half opener was cancelled out by trialist Eric Molloy’s strike a minute from time.

But despite a disappointing end to the encounter for Chelsea, Pedro says there is plenty to reason for optimism for the Europa League winners.

He described former Chelsea midfielder Lampard as “a very good coach with very good ideas”.

Pedro in action against Bohemians

The 31-year-old Spanish winger said: “We’ve been training really hard with Frank this week.

“It’s very hard work, high intensity. We’re pressing a lot without the ball, when we’ve got the ball we have to move it quickly, and in transition (we have to be) very good.

“It’s very good to work under Frank. He’s a legend at this club. He’s a very good coach with very good ideas but it’s only five days working with him and for the future we have to prepare very well this month.”

Lampard walks out for the pre-season friendly at Dalymount Park

There were a host of other familiar faces on show alongside Pedro and Batshuayi , with midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko also getting run outs as Lampard played two different XIs in each half.

Lampard said afterwards: “It was a good run-out, we had good support and thanks for people turning out. It was a tough first game for us as we have not been back for long.

“We’ve only been back just a few days so there had been some pressure on the lads and we have been working them very hard. I am pleased with the outcome.

Lampard looks on as his team warm up at half time

“Fitness was our issue but I wanted to stretch them a bit and put them under pressure.

“This is what pre-season is all about and the quicker we get there, to the level we want, then the better. We wanted to win the game as you always do but it is not about that.”

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