• August 4, 2021

Exclusive: Chelsea thrash Peterborough in pre-season friendly behind closed doors featuring forgotten men Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta and Baba Rahman

 Exclusive: Chelsea thrash Peterborough in pre-season friendly behind closed doors featuring forgotten men Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta and Baba Rahman


Chelsea beat Peterborough 6-1 as the Champions of Europe got their pre-season preparations off to a flying start on Saturday.

The Blues hosted the friendly behind closed doors at their Cobham training complex, but have more public pre-season fixtures scheduled for the coming weeks.

Hakim Ziyech scored a hat-trick as Chelsea won 6-1

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Hakim Ziyech scored a hat-trick as Chelsea won 6-1

Christian Pulisic got on the scoresheet with a penalty

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Christian Pulisic got on the scoresheet with a penalty

In the first half, Chelsea lined up in the expected 3-4-2-1 formation.

The starting XI was: Jamie Cumming; Trevor Chalobah, Jake Clarke-Salter, Malang Sarr; Davide Zappacosta, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley, Marcos Alonso; Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham.

In the second half, the system was less clear with some speculating Thomas Tuchel either went to a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.

The XI changed to: Lucas Bergstrom; Dujon Sterling, Matt Miazga, Ian Maatsen, Baba Rahman, Lewis Baker, Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hakim Ziyech, Armando Broja, Ike Ugbo.

Abraham celebrated his goal with Barkley

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Abraham celebrated his goal with Barkley

Hudson-Odoi is still just 20 years of age

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Hudson-Odoi is still just 20 years of age

Photos have emerged from the game, but no video footage has surfaced as yet.

Clips are not expected to come out as Chelsea played a similar fixture against QPR last season with video never being posted.

However, it is known that Ziyech hit a hat-trick with Abraham, Pulisic and Broja also finding the net in the 6-1 victory.

Forgotten men such as Drinkwater, Miazga, Rahman and Zappacosta all got 45 minutes of action.

Forgotten man Drinkwater played the first half

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Forgotten man Drinkwater played the first half

Chelsea’s first public pre-season game comes away at Bournemouth on July 27.

They then play Arsenal at the Emirates (August 1) and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge (August 4) as part of a three-game series between the London rivals.

As Champions League winners, Chelsea will also play in the UEFA Super Cup against Europa League winners Villarreal.

This game will take place on August 11 in Belfast, three days before the Premier League opener at home to Crystal Palace.





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