Preparations for Sunday's visit of Aston Villa stepped up today as Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino oversaw this morning's training session.

Tuesday was a day focused on recovery for those players who started against Bournemouth. Today was anything but as Pochettino drilled his squad on the first-team training pitches at Cobham.

And after a disappointing defeat last time out at Stamford Bridge to Nottingham Forest, the focus is firmly on taking three points on Sunday when Villa make their way down to West London.

We have picked out our favourite photographs from today's session, which took place amid a backdrop of driving rain and heavy showers.