EPL: Lampard hoping to rely on youngsters Zouma, Mount

Ethan Ampadu

Speaking to the club's official Twitter account following a 1-0 defeat against Kawasaki Frontale in pre-season, Lampard said wants Zouma to remain at Stamford Bridge for the coming campaign.

Frank Lampard has only just got his dream job of managing Chelsea but the former midfielder is facing backlash already, with #LampardOut trending on Twitter following a second failure in pre season.

The Chelsea boss was tightlipped about squad selection for the upcoming season, only saying he has a "competitive" organisation.

Chelsea were second best against Kawasaki and the raucous home crowd got what they wanted when Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao took advantage of some sloppy Chelsea defending to head the victor four minutes from full-time.

He added: "I think we just lost a big, big name, a legend of the club in Eden Hazard, but we have many players who can do the job".

"It's been great", Pulisic said of his relationship with Lampard.

Since then, Lampard has been appointed manager and with Chelsea's transfer ban in place this summer, it's understandable that they want to keep Zouma.

While several first-choice Chelsea players started the match, including Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Jorginho, Pulisic primarily spent his time in the attack linking up with Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley, both of whom came on at halftime.

"I hope he can stay because he will help us a lot".

The Blues have signed Mason Mount to a five-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2024.

"I'm really happy to be here with the team and get into an actual match for the first time".

Lampard said after the game that he was pleased to have him at the club.

With Lampard alongside Jody Morris, as well as the transfer ban issue, this has become the flawless opportunity for the academy gems to break through.

The England Under-21 global said that he is very excited and very proud to be with the first team.

He further emphasized on his interest to look for younger players in Chelsea academy and said he expects them to work harder and make the senior team.

The raucous home crowd got what they wanted when Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao took advantage of some sloppy Chelsea defending to head home the victor four minutes from full-time.

Lampard's side will be in action in Japan again on Tuesday, against Barcelona.



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