Chelsea: The first six fixtures of the 2021/22 Premier League
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Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tino Anjorin were the first three Chelsea players to report back for training at Cobham earlier today. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues will be back in their numbers in the comings week with most of their current squad resting up after international commitments this summer.
The likes of Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri are yet to enjoy any rest as they prepare for Sunday’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
However, there are a select few Chelsea players who are chomping at the bit to get back down to business having already been away on their holidays.
Those including the attacking trio, who were snapped back out on the grass earlier this afternoon.
Their reunion with manager Tuchel was caught on camera and has since emerged on social media.
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Many Chelsea fans liked what they saw too, particularly between Tuchel and Abraham, who have endured a difficult relationship at times due to the striker’s lack of playing time.
Tuchel shouts at his players as they stride over: “Three players and 24 coaches!”
The comments were in reference to the light session they had just completed with the Chelsea coaches.
Youngster Anjorin says to Tuchel after a hug: “It was fine!”
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Tuchel then repeats the remark about three players and 24 coaches to Abraham.
The forward then joked following some additional conversation that cannot be heard: “I had a good time off. It wasn’t long enough though!”
Hudson-Odoi is the last over and tells Tuchel where he spent some of his spare time this summer.
“I was at Ghana,” he says. Tuchel then adds: “Do I want to know or better I don’t know?”
The smiley, jet-heeled winger who was in good spirits then replied: “It’s good that you know!”
Hudson-Odoi was a favourite during Tuchel’s early days and he started the first two games of his tenure at right wing-back.
Since then, his minutes have become more limited but now he is looking to kick on once again.
Meanwhile, Abraham is facing a defining summer in west London following a difficult end to the season, despite getting his hands on a Champions League winners medal.
His girlfriend hit out at Tuchel’s decision to leave Abraham out of the matchday squad on social media, while he also sat out of the FA Cup final defeat to Leicester.
A number of Premier League clubs are believed to be keen on a deal while Chelsea fans are hopeful the hug between the pair represents the start of a clean slate…
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