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Chelsea continued their pre-season tour of Ireland with a comprehensive win over St Patrick's on Saturday.

Mason Mount, Emerson Palmieri and Olivier Giroud (2) were the goalscorers for Frank Lampard, who rang the changes at half-time to have two different XIs.

A number of young players were handed a chance to shine, with some making an impression.

Here are the latest stories from around Chelsea in the past 24 hours.

Read More   David Luiz challenge

With Frank Lampard becoming the new Chelsea head coach, and having former youth coaches Jody Morris and Joe Edwards as part of his backroom staff, there is an expectation from supporters that youngsters will play a big part this season.

Added to that the Blues are in the middle of a transfer ban for the summer and unable to register new players, former academy players could be more prominent.

David Luiz during Chelsea's pre-season training in Dublin (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

And so far in pre-season they have been at the fore.

Senior player David Luiz has laid down the gauntlet to the young stars ahead of the new campaign.

Here's what he has said.

The youngster who can make the grade

Chelsea beat St Patrick's 4-0 in their second pre-season friendly of their tour of Ireland on Saturday.

Mason Mount opened the scoring with his first Blues goal, but he was not the only young player to make his mark.

(Image: Image: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Lampard gave a number of players the chance to impress, and one of them really caught the new head coach's eye.

Find out who it was right here.

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Mateo Kovacic's first season in England was not much tow rite home about.

The Croatian failed to score a single Premier League goal, and managed just two assists all season.

Mateo Kovacic celebrates after winning the Europa League (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

But, without being able to sign any new players, Chelsea took up the option to make his loan deal permanent and he is back for another season.

It may not have been a big thing for the supporters, but he's making an impression in pre-season training.

Here's what he's been doing to endear himself to the supporters.




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