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Chelsea take part light-hearted training session involving giant blue yoga balls

Antonio Conte's unusual methods continue to delight and confuse in equal measure

In days past an upcoming game against Arsenal would require intense training.

These days it seems a few giant yoga balls does trick.

He knows what he’s doing

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He knows what he’s doing

Chelsea’s preparations for their Premier League fixture against the Gunners at Stamford Bridge on Sunday couldn’t look more fun.

Antonio Conte, often noted for his seriousness and intensity, decided the squad would benefit from some light relief as he made them perform drills involving blue yoga balls.

The players were pictured laughing and joking as they enjoyed the morning session at Cobham…

Okay?

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Okay?

Whats the aim here then?

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Whats the aim here then?

Nothing to see here…

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Nothing to see here…

This is tactical ingenuity in a single photo

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This is tactical ingenuity in a single photo

We have no idea what’s going on but we want to have a go immediately.

Arsenal won’t mind the Blues having a laugh in training days before their rivalry is renewed.

The Gunners bested Conte’s men in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield (courtesy of Thibaut Courtois astronomical penalty) and will be hoping to take momentum from their Europa League comeback against Cologne into the weekend’s clash.

Few better than this lad around right now

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Few better than this lad around right now

Eden Hazard is set to start for the hosts after his injury troubles.

The Belgian No10 came off the bench during Chelsea’s 6-0 demolition of Qarabag and their previous league game against Leicester.

So often Arsenal’s tormentor, Hazard is expected to line-up just behind Alvaro Morata as part of a front three that will also feature either Pedro or Willian.

Arsene Wenger will have to decide whether a three centre-backs or a traditional back four is best equipped to cope with Hazard and co.

The Gunners’ performance improved significantly on Thursday night with the introduction of Sead Kolasinac as they reverted to four across the back.

Sead Kolasinac also got on the scoresheet

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He just has to start

Chelsea have had an extra two days to rest after the respective clubs’ European commitments and will be favourites on Sunday following Arsenal’s stuttering start to the domestic season.

If the Blues do capture all three points we expect the blue yoga balls out again next week.


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