Chelsea players Christian Pulisic and Jorginho were spotted having a nutmeg competition during training ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with Krasnodar.
Chelsea face Krasnodar out in Russia tonight in their second Champions League group game.
The Blues will be looking to build on last week’s 0-0 draw with Sevilla at Stamford Bridge against the heavy underdogs.
Jorginho is set to start in the middle of midfield tonight after impressing so far this season.
The Italy international started in Chelsea’s games against Sevilla and Manchester United as the Blues kept back-to-back clean sheets.
The players out in Krasnodar seem in good spirits ahead of tonight’s game, and Lampard was boosted by the return of Antonio Rudiger for the trip to Russia.
The German centre-back hasn’t played this season after appearing to fall out with Blues management, but after an apparent change of heart Lampard has included him in the squad.
Rudiger appeared to be on the verge of leaving the club during the summer transfer window, with Tottenham believed to be interested.
West Ham were also linked with a move, but in the end he stayed at Stamford Bridge and vowed to fight for his place in the side.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Lampard opened up on what he’d said to Rudiger in private and challenged him to prove he deserves a place in the side.
“I’ve had discussions with Antonio, and all the players, as many as I can,” he said.
“I’ve always had a positive relationship with him.
“Everything I do I do for the club and selections and for the team, and every week with the squad we have sometimes you have to have players out of the squad.
“So that’s always big news for everybody. But we have a very positive relationship.
“He’s in the squad, so very much in contention to play.”
Chelsea’s new signing Hakim Ziyech could also be in contention to play tonight having recovered from an injury.
The playmaker hasn’t started a game for the Blues competitively since his £37.5million move from Ajax this summer after suffering an injury in pre-season.
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