What happened between Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in Chelsea training – Football.London

Chelsea step up their preparations for the new season with a friendly against Bournemouth on Tuesday evening.

The Blues have already beaten Championship newcomers Peterborough United in a training match thus far, whilst there was an in-house match played last week as a result of their scheduled clash against Drogheda United being called off due to a COVID scare.

Therefore the trip to the south coast marks Chelsea‘s first official pre-season fixture as head coach Thomas Tuchel gets a chance to oversee how ready his players are for the new campaign.

Two players who will hope to be involved against Bournemouth are Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The latter is back at Chelsea following a season-long loan spell at Fulham, whilst the former is looking to push and nail down a regular starting spot after a full summer off.

However, before the game at the Vitality Stadium, there was a mini-battle between the pair at the club’s Cobham training base.

After sitting down for an interview with Chelsea TV, Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek were asked to compete against each other in the ‘Diego Maradona 7 challenge’.

The rules of the challenge were to move the ball between the two feet, knees, shoulders and head without allowing the ball to touch the ground.

At around the 6.25-minute mark, Loftus-Cheek starts his first attempt and immediately asks to start over.

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Although, attempt two doesn’t go to plan either and he blames it on not wearing football boots.

From around the 6.52-minute mark, Hudson-Odoi steps in to show his teammate how it’s done and completes the challenge twice over to give him a 2-0 lead over Loftus-Cheek.

Luckily for the midfielder, he does manage to reduce the deficit by completing the challenge on his third attempt.

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