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Former Chelsea star Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink was far from impressed with Chelsea’s first pre-season match and feels Lampard will have to make some decisions over the futures of some of the youngsters.

Frank Lampard’s first match as Chelsea manager ended in a 1-1 draw against Bohemians. Chelsea took an early lead thanks to Michy Batshauyi and it seemed that Batshuayi’s goal decided the game.

However, a late goal from Eric Molloy levelled the match for Bohemians.

Barrng the Spanish duo of Pedro and Cesa Azpilicueta, Lampard fielded Chelsea loanees and players who barely played for Chelsea last season. These included Willy Caballero, Kenedy, Ethan Ampadu, Danny Drinkwater, Kasey Palmer, Conor Gallagher, Dujon Sterling and many more who appeared during the second half.

Following the match, Hasselbaink stated, “They lost the ball way too easy. Players were having too many touches, sometimes seven, eight touches and it slows the game down. It will be a lesson for Frank to see players and in a way it will make his mind up.

“[Moving the ball fast] is his idea of how he wants to play the game. The majority of successful teams do move the ball quickly. We saw today, especially in the second half, certain players were dwelling a little bit too much on the ball. They didn’t have a solution before they had the ball.

“It might be that it’s pre-season, it might be that they’re not fit yet and it will come. For some it might be a little too much. That is for Frank to figure out, who those players are and who he will go further with.

That’s why those games are so important.”

Chelsea’s next pre-season friendly is against St. Patrick’s Athletic at Dublin on Saturday.




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