Chelsea stars undergo bizarre medicine ball training session ahead of Arsenal clash

Antonio Conte’s side take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge this weekend, looking to build on their win over Leicester City last weekend.

Chelsea cruised past Qarabag in their opening Champions League group stage match on Tuesday, and the players were rewarded with a relaxed training session at Cobham today.

The Blues messed around with resistance bands and medicine balls as they added some variety to their training regime, with the majority of players looking delighted with the change.

Hopefully for Conte, the usual tactics will have energised his players ahead of the Gunners’ visit on Sunday.

Manager Antonio Conte decided on a very different approach to the usual training sessions coming out of Cobham, however, as Blues team-mates were pictured enduring some residence training using bright blue yoga balls and elastic bands.

The majority of the pictures see Blues team-mates with their arms linked and giggling away at the exercises – which in turn looked both hilarious and difficult.

First-choice squad players such as Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas, Gary Cahill and Michy Batschuayi were getting stuck into the yoga balls, while David Luiz and Tiemoue Bkayoko preferred the resistance straps to big blue balls.

For some though, the balls were a cruel mistress. For Bakayoko and Azpilicueta namely, this was a tough game to master as they were seen on numerous occasions sliding off the back. Lucky they’re good footballers.

Chelsea have come off the back of an opening day defeat by Burnley to win their previous three Premier League games which include Tottenham, Everton and Leicester to move up to third in the top flight.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal on the other hand, are going through yet another sceptical phase at the Emirates, but will have gained some confidence after coming from behind against Cologne to win 3-1 on the opening night of the Europa League on Thursday.

Nevertheless, while Chelsea’s close encounters with Arsenal are anything but predictable. You can guarantee Chelsea will be winning all the aerial battles on Sunday.

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Glenn Hoddle has warned Chelsea that they will need to challenge for the Champions League trophy to keep the likes of Eden Hazard at the club.

The Blues kicked off their Champions League group stage campaign with a thumping 6-0 victory over Qarabag at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night as they look to challenge for the trophy this season.

Chelsea missed out on a place in Europe altogether last season after they finished in 10th place in the 2015-16 campaign.

And former England manager Hoddle feels that the Blues will have to be challenging for the Champions League trophy in order to keep the likes of Hazard at the club.

He also feels that Chelsea will reach the knockout stage of the competition but has expressed his doubts about whether they will be able to win the trophy.

Speaking on BT Sport on Tuesday night, Hoddle said: “To keep the likes of Eden Hazard, you’ve got to be in the Champions League and going deep into the competition.

“Their squad is well capable of going deep into the competition.

“Whether they can win it, I’m not so sure. But I think they can have a good run at it.”

Hazard will be hoping to feature for Chelsea when the Blues return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon with a crunch clash against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

The west London side are currently in third place in the Premier League table after having won three of their opening four top flight games this season.

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