Teqball has been around for a few years now and we’ve seen Chelsea players play informal games on it before (here’s one of David Luiz vs. Willian from February of last year), but it has apparently graduated to becoming a permanent part of the gym at Cobham.
And so, to help us while away the time during this international break, Chelsea have shared the video of an intense match between Brazilian Ballers Jorginho & Lucas Piazon and The Real Madrid Connection Álvaro Morata and Mateo Kovačić (ed.note: team names made up by a bored editor). The video was first made available on the new Chelsea app, The 5th Stand, but it has now made its way to Facebook, too, so we can embed it.
TEQBALL: JORGINHO, KOVACIC, MORATA, PIAZON!
Morata / Kovacic v Piazon / Jorginho! Who are you backing?! ⚽Posted by Chelsea Football Club on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Some decent and a few rather spectacular moves are on display — even as David Luiz does his best to distract the players — but The Real Madrid Connection win out at the end. Would be nice if the clip was a bit longer, or if Chelsea maybe even ran some sort of competition between the players, aking to the Teqball World Cup coming up in mid-October in Reims. (Ed.note: this fun-looking game was of course invented by Hungarians, because Hungarians rule!)
All that said, the best part about this video is the relaxed and generally great atmosphere on display — the more Kovačić enjoys himself, the better, too, with regards to any future permanent transfer — harkening back to the days of (actual) table tennis duels between the likes of Juan Mata and César Azpilicueta. The players really do seem to be enjoying themselves tremendously at the moment, both on and off the pitch, and that can only be a good thing.