• ‘We have to be grateful and feel the passion for the shirt’
César Azpilicueta believes Chelsea will approach the new season with a renewed sense of unity as a result of Frank Lampard’s appointment. The squad are ready to embrace the manager’s insistence they take responsibility and mount a challenge despite setbacks over recent months.
The Europa League winners are under a transfer embargo and have lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. Their predicament would suggest they risk falling further behind Manchester City, who finished 26 points clear of Maurizio Sarri’s team last season, and Liverpool, particularly with Lampard’s coaching career in its infancy.