Chelsea’s players were back at the Cobham training ground on Monday to continue their pre-season preparations ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
The squad were back to being put through their paces by Thomas Tuchel and his coaching staff at the training ground following their first friendly of the summer, a 6-1 win over Peterborough United on Saturday morning.
Tuchel fielded two different outfield XI’s for the game as Hakim Ziyech bagged a second half hat trick against the Championship side. Armando Broja, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham were also on target after Siriki Dembele’s opener for the visitors.
The Blues will head to Ireland, believed to be on Tuesday, for their first trip outside the training ground this summer for a few days training, where they will also play a local and yet unknown side in a pre-season friendly.
On a baking hot day at Cobham, it was back to the graft for the crop of players currently at the training ground filled once again with mainly non-internationals as those who were away with the country this summer continue to enjoy their very limited time off.
As usual, the Blues dropped some new images on their website for the days’ session and here is what we noticed from the latest batch of snaps from Cobham.
A lot of small goal action
Many of the photos of Monday’s session involved the Blues playing on the pitch but not the full size ones and accompanied by some very tiny goals.
We know Thomas Tuchel likes to incorporate very small football’s into his training sessions in order to improve the players’ first touch and control but now he’s shrinking the goals as well.
Obviously, Edouard Mendy, Kepa, Jamie Cumming and Lucas Bergstrom were not standing in the goals because, well;, that would be unfair.
Coaches getting very involved
The Blues released a photo of first team coach Anthony Barry playing a major role in training on Monday.
Not just content with watching on from the sidelines and observing, the Blues coach decided to get involved and have a far more hands-on session instead of observing.
On one of the hottest days of the year, you decide for yourself whether that was the right move by Barry or not. We’d probably have preferred just to stand around and watch.
Armando Broja back it
Fresh off scoring against Peterborugh at the weekend and with a new five-year contract at the club in his back pocket as well, the young striker was back down to work at Cobham on Monday.
He’s started pre-season well and in a summer where is trying to force his way into Tuchel’s first team plans for the season, he needs to keep this up if he is to get a coveted place in the squad
Source by Football London