Graham Potter included some more youngsters from the Chelsea academy in first-team training on Tuesday.
The Blues trained at Cobham this morning ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League group stage match against Dinamo Zagreb at Stamford Bridge.
Potter’s side have already qualified in top spot in Group E, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of line-up is selected.
Despite the fact there isn’t much riding on Wednesday’s result, it seems quite important there is a response to the weekend’s disappointing 4-1 defeat away to Brighton in the Premier League.
Chelsea youngsters in training
Blues defender Zak Sturge, 18, was spotted training with the senior Chelsea group earlier today.
It turns out he was joined by three more youngsters, who will hope they can sneak into the match day squad tomorrow.
Goalkeeper Eddie Beach and midfielder Lewis Hall, both 18, were in first-team training.
In addition, 20-year-old wide player Dion Rankine was promoted to the main group ahead of Dinamo Zagreb.
Chelsea shared on their official website: “Kepa was missing from the goalkeeper group having been withdrawn at half-time at Brighton on Saturday with what Potter described as a foot injury. Eighteen-year-old Eddie Beach was the Academy goalkeeper selected to join Edouard Mendy and Marcus Bettinelli, while fellow youngsters Dion Rankine, Lewis Hall and Zak Sturge were also involved.”
Of the quartet of youngsters included in Chelsea’s training, Hall is the only one to make a first-team debut for the club.
It does feel like the Dinamo Zagreb match is a great opportunity to blood some academy players, with Potter a manager that does put a focus on emerging youngsters.
However, that needs to be balanced by the fact the team could do with a win to restore some of the damage from the hammering at Brighton.
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