Champions League:James, Azpilicueta and Hudson-Odoi return to training ahead of Lille trip

Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi were all back in team training this afternoon as the Blues concluded preparations ahead of our Champions League trip to Lille…

Thomas Tuchel’s side hold a 2-0 first-leg lead in the last-16 tie thanks to goals from Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic at Stamford Bridge three weeks ago.

Prior to travelling to northern France, the defending European champions held their final training session at our Surrey training base with a number of returning faces involved. The opening stages were streamed live on our official website and The 5th Stand app, with the lads put through their paces with some light running before more gentle work with the ball.

Captain Azpilicueta was back involved after missing three of our past four matches, with Tuchel confirming in his earlier pre-match press conference that the Spaniard and defensive compatriot Marcos Alonso were ‘ready to start’ at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium. Hudson-Odoi and James, meanwhile, would face ‘a very tight race’ to be involved in the game, according to Tuchel.

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