Cobham will have been a bustling hive of energy once again this week with the vast majority of Chelsea’s first-team squad returning from an international break featuring World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have been gearing up for a clash against West Brom as they hope to keep up the pace in the race for a spot in the top four come the end of the season.
Competition is strong for a Champions League place, and there’s also the huge game on the horizon against Porto in the quarter-finals next week.
Standards look to be high ahead of the return of Premier League football at Stamford Bridge, and fans will be hoping the good vibes on the training pitch will translate to the game against Sam Allardyce’s side.
Chelsea released a video of the session undertaken by the players and here are five things we spotted from it.
Jorginho the joker
It always helps to have a character in the squad, and Jorginho was the one making jokes at the beginning of the session.
The midfielder followed captain Cesar Azpilicueta onto the pitch, and was clowning around as he pointed out just how late Thiago Silva was arriving to the field.
“I’m here on the pitch, I have no problem! I’m alright, I’m alright, I’m alright! Look at that! Always late, man. Always the last one! Always something to do! Blah, blah, blah!”
Not a surprise after Tuchel revealed the midfielder would not be back in time to face West Brom, but Kante was absent from the group session.
“He is doing individual training and from then on you can do the maths. Tomorrow he will miss the game and can’t be in the squad. Then we arrive on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the game, so that leaves us with only three days.
“He has a little muscle injury, as was communicated from the national team. So my realistic approach is to think after Porto and to think about the second game against Porto.”
Mendy on fire
A highlights reel of a training session from the keeper, standing up to shots from multiple teammates.
The keeper had to undergo dental surgery during the international break that prevented him from linking up with the Senegal team, but he looks back to his best ahead of a game against the Baggies.
Cool finishing from Anjorin
Competition is high for a role in the squad as a striker, with Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham all competing to start.
But if Tino Anjorin can keep the pressure up with some of the high-quality finishing displayed in this session, he might just give the manager a decision to make.
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Gilmour in control
The young midfielder looked to be heading out on loan in January, but was held back by Tuchel because he wanted to see more of the Scottish star.
In a game with small goals in the corners of the pitch, the 19-year-old was dominating the play with his one and two-touch passing. Hopefully a sign of things to come in a Chelsea shirt.