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Chelsea Veteran Reveals Early Impressions of Frank Lampard as Blues Manager

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Yet the discord which festered last season, most obviously among the supporters, has been banished by the return of Chelsea's record goalscorer, and an air of positivity among fans and players accompanied the team even as they drew their opening pre-season fixture against Bohemian in Dublin on Wednesday. But Lampard will face an uphill task with Chelsea as they face a transfer ban which will keep them from signing any players at the club for a whole year.

Kovacic, who was on loan at the Blues last term, was able to join permanently due to him already being registered as a Chelsea player. With the Europa League winners finishing their pre-season tour in Dublin on Saturday afternoon, the backup goalkeeper has outlined how impressed he has been by the positive impact Lampard has made on the squad. "We're one step further on - there were better periods of play, better quality from us, but the physical side is something we're still striving for".

Yet, in the views of Caballero, it is Lampard's outstanding achievements on the pitch that have set him up for the elite position he takes up now. "Between the two of them they have shown exactly what it is I want. So I think it's fantastic that Lampard is now our head coach, it's fantastic for him and also for Chelsea", he said. "We could never imagine a Chelsea side winning a trophy without those quality players, and always knew replicating the success of the great players would be hard".

Despite his dry spell in front of goal Kovacic believes he contributed effectively to Chelsea's only campaign under Sarri which ended with Europa League success and a top-four finish. "It is a lot of hard work with double sessions every day, but very enjoyable and spirits are high".

The pair of them are back at Stamford Bridge though, and the 40-year-old has revealed just how delighted he is to be working for the club again.

"I think Reece James - who is injured back at Chelsea now - Mount, Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Batshuayi and Abraham will all stay at Chelsea next season. Now we have been here in Ireland for a week or so now and we are all enjoying it and working hard".

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