The Blues’ preparations for the Premier League campaign 2021-22 were hit by an outburst on the training ground among a group of players
Chelsea have carefully avoided a closure of Arsenal like Covid-19 after several staff members tested positive for the virus.
One player from the first team and some from the academy building tested positive and had to be separated for ten days during the preparation of the club before the season.
Sources told Purpose that it temporarily threatened the cancellation of their Ireland training camp, but that further testing released the key players to travel and leave their isolation periods after contact with those who tested positive.
What does this mean for Chelsea?
For Chelsea, it remains as usual as Thomas Tuchel directs a normal pre-season if possible to apply his ideas.
Tuchel already has a new performance in the first 6-1 win over Peterborough United, which was played behind closed doors.
There will be another behind-the-scenes match against a local team in Ireland Chelsea beat Bournemouth, Tottenham and Arsenal in front of almost full stadiums.
The bigger picture
As many soccer players are still on holiday due to their participation in summer tournaments, there are concerns about further self-isolation periods for key players ahead of the new season.
It extends beyond Chelsea, and Arsenal must cancel their tour of the United States. where they would face Inter on Saturday and a second game against Everton or Millonarios.
The Gunners have undergone several positive tests and see that the playing staff is separate, while a smaller group is now continuing to practice.
Manchester City have also seen a Covid-19 outbreak close their academy building, staying in a bubble away from their first team.
The increase in cases of football comes amid a huge increase in the wider society in the UK, while the coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England on Monday.
As footballers and their families now allow more freedoms as business continues to grow, there are concerns in the game that it could affect the start of the new season.