After almost three months off, the Chelsea squad are back in full training.
That gap is longer than any usual summer break, especially when you consider the post-season tournaments the majority of the squad usually play in.
In an interesting interview on the club’s official website, Mason Mount has confessed that not everything went smoothly after such a long time away from the ball:
“Training has been great, and the boys are looking sharp. I think at the start, having been away for so long, there was a little rustiness to shake off but we are back to normal now and raring to go again.”
We’re not too worried. The situation will be the same for every team right now, and even those who were illegally training during lockdown (like Tottenham, or Mount himself) won’t have much of an edge.
What counts is how intense the coaches are able to make the sessions, and what level of fitness and sharpness with the ball the players are able to achieve over the next two weeks.
Mount is a happy go lucky lad, but also one capable of doing the hard yards. We’ve got no doubt that he and the other hungry young Blues will be ready to go when that first fixture against Aston Villa comes round.