Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were amongst the clubs who stepped up their preparations for the Premier League’s return via retaining practice fits on Saturday.
Clubs are attempting to construct up players’ fitness as properly as get used to taking part in except fans before the league resumes on June 17 following a 100-day suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The league additionally announced Saturday that the sixth round of COVID-19 checking out of 1,195 gamers and team of workers throughout the 20 clubs on Thursday and Friday produced no positives.
Arsenal, which will be in motion on the first night returned away to Manchester City, hosted second-tier facet Charlton at the Emirates Stadium. Eddie Nketiah scored a hat trick in a 6-0 win for the Gunners, with forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette additionally netting.
Manchester United, which performs Tottenham on its return on June 19, staged a recreation between contributors of the first-team squad recreation at Old Trafford on Saturday.
United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been especially pleased to see Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba returned in action after the pair spent a sustained duration out thru injury prior to the season being suspended. Players drove to the stadium in their fit kit and the match used to be refereed via fitness train Charlie Owen.
Chelsea additionally hosted a friendly between its own gamers at Stamford Bridge. The Blues currently occupy fourth spot in the combat for Champions League qualification, three points clear of United, and will resume their marketing campaign in opposition to Aston Villa on June 21.
Manager Frank Lampard and his coaching team of workers acted as officials for the match, which saw the squad cut up and put on their domestic and away kit.
Villa, which is two points from security in the relegation battle, played a friendly against West Bromwich, whose second-tier marketing campaign is due to resume later this month.