The Blues will lock horns with Irish outfit Drogheda United in a pre-season friendly on Thursday evening, according to reports.

After series of training session at Cobham, Thomas Tuchel’s men have jet off to Ireland on Tuesday to continued their preparations ahead of 2021-22 campaign.

Individual and fitness training are believed to be focusing of entirely Thomas Tuchel’s men, but scheduling of face a local side in a friendly match was also part of Chelsea plans in Dublin.

It was expected that the Blues were set to face a local side in a friendly match, with the opponent and location of the match previously remaining undisclosed.

However, understands that reigning European champions Chelsea will take on Drogheda United at their current training location just outside of Dublin. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:30pm, with the match itself set to take place behind closed doors.

Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are expected to take part in Thursday’s clash against Drogheda United after the pair impressed in Chelsea 6-1 win over Peterborough United last Saturday.

Drogheda United currently sit fifth in the ten-team table, having won eight of their 21 matches so far in the league.

Whilst not the most glamorous of opponents, the run-out will give Thomas Tuchel another opportunity to see his squad in action. The Blues dismissed League One side Peterborough United 6-1 at Cobham last week in another behind-closed-doors friendly, with Hakim Ziyech securing himself a hat-trick.

The Chelsea squad for the trip to Ireland has already been announced with a combination of established first-teamers, youth prospects and fringe players having all made the trip.

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