Frank Lampard said he wants to build relationships within the Chelsea squad as he pointed at how he built his partnership with Didier Drogba.
Building team chemistry is obviously one of the Chelsea manager’s primary objective now, particularly with a set of new players coming in last summer.
In their last game against Rennes, for example, there were five summer signings in the starting line-up; Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, and Edouard Mendy — who barely know each a few months ago.
And Lampard believes communication is the key to build relationships and he has been trying to implement it in the dressing room and the training ground.
He told Chelsea’s official website: “The more they talk, the more I [urge] them to talk [with each other], have those relationships; where do you want the ball, when do you want it, how do you want it — those are massive things for the team.
“They don’t come overnight necessarily, but I certainly want to promote that and we need to do that even more.”
Lampard emphasised the importance of working the relationship even when the players off the pitch, just like he did with Drogba.
“No, it came from work,” he added when asked whether his partnership with the former Ivory Coast international came naturally.
“We were good friends, we had a really good relationship off the pitch. Exactly [like] my last answer, we spoke a lot.
“Looking at some balls I played [to] Didier, [they] were the passes I love.
“Whenever I felt I was getting the ball [and passed it] over, I knew Didier would run and we talked about it — where exactly he wanted it, the defender he felt would get sucked in to the first movement and we could go in behind.
“That’s football. It takes work, it takes relationships, you cannot do anything on your own. Now we have to build those relationships all over the team.”