Posted on: Tue 19 May 2009

After a day off on Monday, the first team squad returned to Cobham today and quickly got back into the flow.

With our final Premier League game of the season at Sunderland still five days away, it might be expected that Guus Hiddink would reintroduce his side to some light work, but both tempo and commitment remained high throughout the session.

Mikel and Essien

Back in action was Michael Ballack, who sat out the weekend's win over Blackburn with a bout of flu. Another sight to note was the presence of Joe Cole, not involved in squad training but outside working with a ball.

Ballack is back

In the main session, Hiddink started with a customary game of keep-ball, showing some delicate touches himself before taking refereeing duty in the main exercise - a game on a square pitch with two mini goals at either end.

The aim of that game is to encourage teamwork and communication, shifting the ball from side to side as well as end to end in order to score.


At the end of the session there was some informal free-kick practice, as Didier Drogba, Scott Sinclair and John Terry worked the uncomfortable looking Michael Essien and John Mikel Obi between the posts, Petr Cech and Hilario still working across the field with coach Christophe Lollichon.

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