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FIRST PICTURES: Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho at Cobham for Chelsea training

The new head coach and the newest signing visit Saturday’s training at the Chelsea training ground

Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

A dramatic Saturday at Chelsea saw the announcement of a new head coach, the announcement of a new marquee signing, and the announcement by Eden Hazard that he may be leaving. That’s certainly enough to fill anyone’s cup full of Chelsea, good and bad, so here it a bit more lighthearted content instead: pictures!

That’s right, in line with their announcements, both Chelsea’s new boss Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea’s new No.5 Jorginho paid their first visit to Chelsea’s training ground at Cobham to take in, and lightly participate in Jorginho’s case, in the activities that were still being overseen by the loan technical staff, namely the Chelsea hero-trio of Eddie Newton (interim head coach for a day or so!), Paulo Ferreira and Tore Andre Flo.

While Sarri is not set to start until Monday, the players continued to train and there was at least an intrasquad scrimmage between the first-team and the loanee group.

Carlo Cudicini meanwhile looks to be serving as some sort of guide/translator, at least for now, which is a similar role he fulfilled under Antonio Conte, especially at first. Sarri is said to have a “basic level” of English from back in his days in the banking industry, but according to the Telegraph, will now receive “intense” language lessons as well.

Sarri may now never leave Cobham — or at least until the inevitable sacking happens — as previous rumors claimed that he would practically move in and sleep there. (It’s unclear where the rest of family, his wife and pets would stay.) While that may have been a figure of speech, Sarri is said to shun the social circles and is almost a recluse as he spends his time devising his master plans. Whatever works, I say!

Jorginho is not quite such a social butterfly, and he’s already done the customary group shot with his fellow countrymen, sans the vacationing Willian and the on-loan Kenedy (even though Jorginho represents Italy rather than Brazil).

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