Chelsea’s pre-season moved away from Cobham today with Thomas Tuchel and his first-team squad heading off to Ireland for a week-long training camp.
The Blues will be based in Dublin until next Tuesday and plan to play a local side in a friendly match on Thursday, football.london understands. The opponent and location of the game has not yet disclosed.
The trip will provide Tuchel and his coaching staff with further opportunity to evaluate the 28 players that started pre-season training last Monday while also having the chance to bond with his squad away from the training pitch.
There are a few star names currently involved with the first-team group, including Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, a large number of returning loanees, and a couple of academy graduates who are on the road back for long-term injuries.
This makeshift squad had its first taste of match action this summer on Saturday against Peterborough United.
The Blues ran out 6-1 winners with Ziyech scoring a hat-trick, Tammy Abraham on target, Christian Pulisic winning and converting a penalty, and Armando Broja also on the scoresheet.
Having had Sunday off to recover, the players were back in at Cobham yesterday to undergo Covid testing ahead of the Ireland trip and also a training session.
This morning at Cobham, the group and Tuchel’s coaching staff gathered before heading off to the airport board their place to Ireland. A training session is planned for this afternoon following the Blues arrival.
The likes of N’Golo Kante, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Antonio Rudiger and Mateo Kovacic are expected to report back for pre-season training this week had three weeks off after their exploits at Euro 2020, but football.london understands none of that quartet have travelled to Ireland.
It is unclear whether they will do as things stand or whether they will begin pre-season work at Cobham.
The group that has travelled to Dublin is made-up of the players who have been training over the past week, minus Tino Anjorin and Ian Maatsen.
The Chelsea squad that is understood to have flown to Ireland is below.
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalga, Jamie Cumming, Lucas Bergstrom
Defenders: Dujon Sterling, Davide Zappacosta, Trevoh Chalobah, Jake Clarke-Salter, Malang Sarr, Matt Miazga, Marcos Alonso, Baba Rahman
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Conor Gallagher, Lewis Baker
Wingers: Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Charly Musonda, Hakim Ziyech
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Ike Ugbo, Armando Broja