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Chelsea boss Lampard satisfied after Kawasaki Frontale defeat

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was satisfied with their performance in defeat to Kawasaki Frontale today.

The Blues lost 1-0 in Japan, but Lampard expressed his delight at the manner in which his players, still acclimatising to the difference in temperature and time, tackled them.

"Obviously we want to win matches no matter what," Lampard began, "but 10 days of pre-season having flown into Japan three days ago brings up a lot of difficulties for us physically.

"That's why I was very pleased with the players physically. They gave everything in strong humidity with some good individual performances. I discovered a real appetite and attitude to work in the humidity with jetlag for a lot of the players.

"People are finding their fitness and their form. There are the normal things in pre-season that take a bit of time: being clinical in front of goal which we weren't, but that comes, and some small details we will work on.

"Our quality of play on the ball was not quite what we want. We will get there. In front of goal it was a similar thing. We are not quite as sharp as we want to be but we are working towards that and I'm confident it will come. I have got no fears. I was happy with big parts of the performances."


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