Going down on the Blues’ Cobham coaching floor, a combination of academy gamers and senior first-team stars had been concerned for Graham Potter’s aspect, in what was their remaining warm-up sport earlier than aggressive motion resumes.
Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech, who confronted one another within the World Cup third-place play-off between Croatia and Morocco, didn’t function, however lots of those that had been knocked out of the event in earlier rounds did get minutes for Chelsea.
Havertz netted twice for Germany of their remaining group-stage match in opposition to Costa Rica, although it wasn’t sufficient to cease them crashing out, and he has introduced that goalscoring kind again to west London.
The pleasant match in opposition to Brentford was performed over three durations of 45 minutes every to offer as many gamers as potential an opportunity to function.
Chelsea have been much less busy when it comes to friendlies than a few of their rivals, although they performed Aston Villa in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.
Potter’s aspect had been overwhelmed 1-0, although the larger blow was a critical damage to Armando Broja. He’s anticipated to overlook the remainder of the season after present process surgical procedure on a ruptured cruciate ligament.
Chelsea, who sit eighth within the desk, return to motion on December 27 once they host Bournemouth of their first Premier League match again, earlier than a visit to face Nottingham Forest on New Yr’s Day.
They then play Manchester Metropolis twice within the house of some days, first within the league earlier than travelling to the Etihad for an FA Cup third-round conflict.
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