Frank Lampard has brought unity to Chelsea, says César Azpilicueta

• Defender says club count mount challenge despite setbacks
• ‘We have to be grateful and feel the passion for the shirt’

César Azpilicueta believes Chelsea approach the Premier League season with a renewed sense of unity as a result of Frank Lampard’s appointment as the squad embrace the new head coach’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 their stellar performer, 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 term, and Liverpool, particularly with Lampard’s coaching career in its infancy.

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