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Players returned to Cobham for preseason training today. Say it with me: Finally.

The boys met with the new coaching staff, then got to work. After the jump, check out some assorted pics of the session. It looks like it went well - very well indeed.

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El jefe

Twenty-four players surfaced for our first training season of the preseason, after some 44 days of vacation. Not exactly a vacation really, is it?

Those excluded from attending were Ramires and Bob, both away at the Copa America representing Brazil, and our England Under-21 contingent, who have been granted an extended leave of absence.

Ball work appeared the work of choice for AVB and company, with some split session work and an 11 v 11 game in the mix as well. Double sessions begin tomorrow.

I. That's a lot of balls. What's up, Patrick?

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II. Sprints. Looks like Obi and Josh broke well from the pack.

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III. Di Matteo oversees some hearty competition between Ashley and Yossi.

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IV. AVB drops some knowledge. Nando and EBJT are all ears.

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V. Our new dynamic duo

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Video bonus: ChelseaTV gives us a few moving pictures of today's training session. We love you, too, Salomon.