Chelsea have escalated their preparation for the Premier League return as they were back at Stamford Bridge for an in-house game.

The Premier League restart date is closing in with Chelsea expected to play their first game in over two months against Aston Villa on Sunday, June 21.

Like every other club, the players’ match fitness is of course a concern for the manager Frank Lampard.

Although the club had been providing training programmes and kits for the players during the lockdown period prior to returning to training last month, losing their sharpness after two months without any match is expected from the players.

And Chelsea’s official website has revealed Lampard’s plan to prepare his team for the upcoming Premier League clashes.

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Lampard led the players to an in-house match consisting of the first-team players and several other academy players, and this time not at Cobham, but the Stamford Bridge.

The squad was split into two teams, one team wearing the home kit while the other side with the away kit, with the manager and his staff officiating the match.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek who had a long-term injury also took part in the game and was among the scorers.

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