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Conor Gallagher on his 'idol' Frank Lampard and featuring for Chelsea

Conor Gallagher was pleased to get some minutes under his belt during our 1-1 draw with Bohemians, and reiterated that results are not important during pre-season.

The Academy Player of the Year started in midfield for the Blues in what was Frank Lampard’s first game in charge of Chelsea, with Michy Batshuayi’s goal being cancelled out by a late strike from Bohemians’ Eric Molloy.

‘I enjoyed it, it was a good game and it was good to be back out there playing a proper game,’ explained Conor.

‘Obviously the main thing is all about getting fit and that’s what pre-season is for. It’s not about the result, it’s about getting fit, even though of course we would have liked to have won the game.

‘It wasn’t our best performance and you could tell that we weren’t quite at it, but it’s about getting that sharpness back and that’s what these games are for.

‘You could tell that they were slightly ahead in that respect, because they are midway through their season, but it was a good, tough game and they are a decent side, for sure.

The week in Ireland has been thoroughly enjoyable for the young midfielder and Conor has explained that he’s thrilled to be working under Lampard, the man he has always looked up to.

‘It’s great working under the gaffer and I have to say that Frank was my idol growing up, so it’s fantastic to have him here as manager,’ added the 19 year-old.

‘I’m buzzing with how things are going and I can’t believe it really. Winning Academy Player of the Year was fantastic and then to travel with the squad to Baku was great.

‘Being part of the squad out here is great and I’m really enjoying myself. I just want to keep working hard now.’

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