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PICTURES, VIDEOS: Chelsea train ahead of Europa League match vs. BATE

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Agility drills and rondos from Cobham during UEFA-mandated open training

As per UEFA regulations, Chelsea made the first 15 minutes of Wednesday’s training open to the media, so not only do we have pictures from the action at Cobham (see gallery at the top), but there are also videos shot by the club and the attending journalists.

Here’s one from ESPN’s Liam Twomey for example, showing the classic rondo that most teams practice in some shape or form these days. One-touch ball movement is a key skill regardless of whether you’re practicing Sarri-ball or Conte-ball and it’s one of those drills that players tend to enjoy.

Less enjoyable, probably, are things like agility drills with cones or reaction drills with photocells, both of which are part of the standard set of exercises on display at the Chelsea training ground. And yesterday was no exception.

Here’s the full 15-minute video of the session — hi there, Marco Ianni with the binder! — which involves a lot of faffing about, then a bit of mildly interesting milling about, then a bit more running about. Obviously coaches aren’t going to be working on any game-specific things during these open sessions.