Chelsea defender Emerson gives insight on Frank Lampard tactics and training

Lampard is trying to put his own stamp on this Chelsea side (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea are being taught a ‘very direct’ style of football under Frank Lampard that Emerson Palmieri is certain will start to produce more goals.

Lampard is still searching for his first win as Chelsea manager after a chastening 4-0 defeat to Manchester United and a 1-1 draw with Leicester at Stamford Bridge.

Midfielder Mason Mount, who played under the new boss at Derby, is the only Chelsea player to have scored in the Premier League so far this season but Emerson believes it is only a matter of time before the floodgates open.

‘With Frank, we’re trying to play very direct football, always trying to attack and be as close to the goal as possible,’ the left-back told Chelsea’s official website.

‘We’re looking to get our centre-forwards into the game so that means lots of crosses into the area and balls into them.

‘We’re creating chances and I’m sure the goals will follow. Against Leicester, in the first 15 minutes we had several shots on goal and against Manchester United we had both Tammy Abraham and myself hit the frame of the goal. Frank is always looking for us to play in that way.

‘The message is all about intensity and direct, offensive football so we’re working on improving that because we know we have quality in our team.

‘We have so much potential to improve going forward with a manager who’s always working with us on the offensive aspect. I’m really enjoying the fact we’re playing this way in such an offensive style and I’m sure the results will come.’

Lampard is only in the second year of his managerial career (Picture: Getty)

It is the third time in four years that the Chelsea squad has had to adapt to the new tactics of a fresh manager, with Lampard following on from Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte, both of whom had differing football philosophies.

The former England international has also had to contend with a transfer ban that will last until next summer, forcing the likes of Mount and Tammy Abraham into a first team that has previously lacked homegrown talent.

And Emerson is confident that despite the loss of Eden Hazard and the relative youth of the side, the Blues start to re-find their winning ways.

‘It’s a new season with a new manager and new ideas,’ Emerson added.

‘We have a young team in comparison to last season but in the last three matches we’ve played, even though we haven’t got the results we were looking for, I think we’ve shown a good level of football.

Emerson is having to learn a whole new ball game under Lampard (Picture: Getty)

‘I arrived a year-and-a-half ago and I’m just so happy at Chelsea.

‘Things have progressed naturally and I’m still young, only 25, so I have a lot of potential and a lot more to give.

‘I’m feeling very happy and relaxed here, which will be important for my progression.

‘My ambition is always to do my best and help the team in any way I can.

‘It’s normal when you’re at Chelsea that there’s pressure on every match because it’s a big club and that’s just part of the game.

‘The manager is definitely keeping calm though and just making sure we’re in the best position to do our best.’


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