Dortmund 1-1 Chelsea: 3 Blues talking points

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Christopher Nkunku’s injury scare

Let’s start off with the negative shall we? No one wants to witness a player getting injured in a preseason game, but that’s exactly what happened midway through the first half to Chelsea’s new signing, Christopher Nkunku. The pitch conditions seemed to be partly responsible, adding to the frustration of the situation, given the problematic field throughout the night.

Thankfully, the injury doesn’t appear to be catastrophic, as the 25-year-old was spotted on the bench with an ice pack on his knee, which is a positive sign. However, the extent of the injury and its impact on his immediate future, especially with a season-opening match against Liverpool just a week-and-a-half away, remains uncertain.

Cobham graduate to senior captain

Throughout CFC’s tour, there has been a lingering question about who will step in as captain after Cesar Azpilicueta’s departure. Pochettino has been tight-lipped about this matter, leaving fans guessing. During the Premier League Summer Series cup lift, both Reece James and Silva were seen going up, adding to the mystery. However, in the match against Dortmund, Reece James was chosen as captain and received loud cheers from the crowd upon the announcement.Without a doubt, he will receive a massive ovation at Stamford Bridge when his name is announced, assuming Pochettino indeed decides to permanently grant the Englishman the captain’s armband.