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After being out of action for more than two months, one can only imagine the state of the players who were on lockdown.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that it hasn’t been easy since the return to training, especially with the coronavirus pandemic bringing up new safety rules for the players and staff to adhere.
Giroud also revealed how every single player got a blister as soon as training resumed after over two months of inaction.
“There are quite a lot of differences,” Giroud told the official Chelsea website. “We’ve been working in groups of five and then we need to maintain a two-metre minimum social distance between each other, meaning no contact.
“Something else that’s changed compared to usual pre-seasons is that we only get 15 minutes of treatment after training. Normally in pre-season, you’re very demanding with your muscles and use them a lot, especially when you haven’t been training for over two months.
“Muscles strain and creak but we respect the rules from the Government and the Premier League. I’ll admit that if I could have more care and treatment to look after my body, it would be better.
“For all the running alone, nothing replaces being on the pitch – direction changes, accelerations, stop-and-go moves. Almost all my team-mates got blisters after resuming training but it’s pure joy to be back on the pitch.”