Game two of Chelsea’s pre-season campaign is played tonight with the Blues set to face Irish side Drogheda United, football.london understands.
The match – which is scheduled to kick off at 6.30pm – will be played behind closed doors at Chelsea’s Carton House Hotel. It will not be streamed by the club nor are highlights expected to be made available.
Thomas Tuchel will once again use the friendly to improve the match fitness of his first-team stars, including Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi, while also further evaluating several members of the club’s loan army and academy graduates who also travelled to Ireland.
Chelsea arrived at their base just outside of Dublin on Tuesday afternoon and the players were quickly put to work by Tuchel and his coaching after settling in.
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Yesterday, the players undertook a double training session at Carton House, where several fans had gathered to catch a glimpse of Chelsea’s stars.
And here is what we spotted as the Blues stars continued their preparations for the 2021/22 campaign and got ready to take on Drogheda.
Tuchel speaks with Abraham
Abraham’s future at Chelsea remains uncertain after he played just 17 minutes, partly due to an ankle injury, during the final three months of the 2020/21 campaign. He was also omitted from the 23-man Champions League final squad.
The 23-year-old has returned for pre-season training in good shape and got on the scoresheet at the weekend as Chelsea defeated Peterborough United 6-1 at Cobham.
Among the squad that is in Ireland, Abraham is one of the senior stars, something which Armando Broja explained in an interview with the Blues’ website this week.
“Tammy went through the Academy so he understands what I’m going through as well, because he’s…