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Chelsea left wing-back Marcos Alonso is part of Chelsea’s preseason tour of Asia and he revealed preseason training has been very tough.

“It’s been very tough,” Alonso told Chelsea’s official website when asked how preseason training has gone.

“It always is early on. It’s not easy to get back in shape, but that’s why we have to work hard over the coming weeks.

“We are trying to get ready for the new season and it’s going well. Here in China, the humidity is really high which makes it hard. We need to make sure we drink a lot and stay hydrated, that’s the main thing in these conditions.

“It’s been hard, with lots of running and strength work but it’s good to be back. This year we start a week earlier because of the Community Shield so we need to be ready and focused on that.

“It’s very important to always be in the best physical condition, even more so these days because every team is very fit and there are a lot of strong players in the Premier League. We are doing a good job, we are training very well and it’s something Antonio pays a lot of attention to.”

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