The Chelsea players were back out on the grass at Cobham today to continue preparations for Thursday night's Premier League clash with Manchester United.

Following the frustrating 2-2 draw with Burnley on Saturday – which saw Cole Palmer score twice – we will be looking for a return to winning ways against Erik ten Hag's side at Stamford Bridge.

A positive result would also maintain our strong home form – the Blues have only been beaten once at Stamford Bridge across our last 15 home fixtures in all competitions.

Palmer's double against Burnley on Saturday took him to 21 goal contributions in the Premier League this season.

It is an impressive feat for a player in their maiden campaign at Stamford Bridge, and one only previously achieved by four other Chelsea players (Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, and Diego Costa).

Palmer, who was among those involved in today's session, is the youngster player of that quintet. It's why Pochettino has been impressed by the 21-year-old's willingness to take on responsibility on the pitch.

‘From day one, he (Palmer) has taken responsibility,' Pochettino explained on Saturday. 'In terms of penalties and in the game. When the team is struggling to find solutions, he wants to take the ball.

‘It's been positive for him to play [the number of] matches he didn’t play last year at Manchester City. He has had continuity and consistency and is showing the capacity we thought he could add to the team. It is obvious we are happy with him.'

Fresh from signing a new two-year contract with the Blues, Academy graduate Alfie Gilchrist was among those being put through his paces at Cobham.

Gilchrist, a boyhood Chelsea supporter, has extended his stay until the summer of 2026. His deal also includes a further one-year option.

The 20-year-old defender was introduced as a substitute in the draw against Burnley. That was his 12th senior appearance of the campaign and he will hope to be involved once more on Thursday evening.

‘Signing this contract at Chelsea is a massive achievement for me and my family,’ Gilchrist said.'It was a no-brainer and every time I’ve signed a contract here it has felt nicer and nicer. But now I want to keep on pushing on and keep improving.’

Among those involved in today's session was Trevoh Chalobah, who missed the game against Burnley due to a small injury. Benoit Badiashile also trained having made his return at the weekend.

The French centre-back hadn't featured for the Blues since early February due to a groin injury sustained in our FA Cup fourth-round replay against Aston Villa.