Our open training session in Yokohama was met with huge enthusiasm from our Japanese supporters this evening, who turned out to watch Frank Lampard put his players through their paces.
The Blues opened the doors to the public at the NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Stadium for tonight’s session, with Lampard and the squad receiving a fantastic reception when they stepped out onto the pitch.
N’Golo Kante was out on the grass with the rest of the squad, having previously been working individually with the fitness and medical team as he recovers from an injury sustained towards the end of last season.
There was a first glimpse of Christian Pulisic for the Chelsea fans inside the stadium, with the American having cut his summer break short to join up with his new team-mates. He looked sharp in all the drills put on by Lampard and his coaching staff.
The session started with a warm-up and a keep-ball exercise, before the players split into two groups with one lot heading inside to work in the gym while the others ran through some passing drills with Jody Morris, Chris Jones, Joe Edwards and Eddie Newton. The two groups would then switch once finished.
To conclude the training session, which was played out in humid conditions, all the players took part in a match at the end with the fans in attendance being treated to some fantastic goals and saves.
The players will now rest up back at the team hotel ahead of tomorrow evening’s sold-out pre-season friendly with Kawasaki Frontale, which kicks-off at 7pm local time (11am UK time).
The game against the current J-League champions is available to watch live either via this website or our official mobile app, The 5th Stand. Click here for full details on how to sign up.
The next open training session the Blues will hold will be at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 21 August, however that event is now sold out.