Frank Lampard said that he has full trust in his Chelsea players to keep fit during football’s hiatus, with the head coach explaining the work that his squad are undertaking as they continue to wait for further guidance on when football may be allowed to resume.
The head coach has described the coronavirus pandemic as challenging for his players but they have been set tailored programmes to keep as sharp as possible.
A mini pre-season will be required before competitive action can resume but the Blues players have been running and using stationary bikes that were delivered to their homes by the club.
“We are always in touch [with the players],” he told Sky Sports. I think it is important that it is not just me. Fitness coaches, strength and conditioning, all the staff are in touch.
“We have our little groups of players and certain coaches will be in contact with them regularly and they get plans every week.
“Last week for instance we came off it a little bit as we felt whether it was running an hour a day or whether they could get out on their bikes, just strength and conditioning.
“We felt mentally it was the right time to come off it. Then they get their plan for this week and they always have a coach in contact. They are doing some video calls group sessions on their bikes.”
While some players have gardens big enough to run around, a number of them live in apartments. That has presented another challenge when it comes to running but those without sufficient outdoor space have been encouraged to find the quietest possible places near their homes.
“I think it is very hard to absolutely manage that because when you ask them to run an hour a day for one player they can travel to somewhere where they can do some football based running some can’t,” Lampard added.
“So obviously you have to have a big element of trust in the players, to make sure they are not on their feet at all.
“If there is a chance we could have a shorter pre-season coming up…