Before flying out to Germany on Friday, Chelsea managed to squeeze in a training session at Cobham, which featured not only N’Golo Kanté — in strong enough capacity to then travel with the team! — but also several youngsters pulled up from the Academy to help make up numbers.
And with the Development Squad, featuring the likes of Billy Gimour, Ian Maatsen, and Juan Castilllo, away for a friendly in Glasgow against Rangers (1-1, with Tariq Uwakwe scoring), the players joining were actually quite young indeed. Names to thus remember for the future include a trio of 16-year-olds, Lewis Bate, Myles Peart-Harris, and Xavier Simons.
After the overnight trip to Mönchengladbach for the seventh and final friendly of the summer, Chelsea will have almost exactly one week left of preseason preparations to get ready for Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 11.
The season’s just around the corner; it’s getting exciting now!