Chelsea manager Tuchel practices hurling in Ireland

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Champions League winners are currently preparing for a preseason friendly against Drogheda in Dublin

Thomas Tuchel won the Chelsea stalwarts by rejuvenating their squad after Frank Lampard’s departure. He led them to third in the league and even more impressively, they beat Manchester City to win the Champions League final in May.

Now Tuchel may have won the hearts of Chelsea fans in Ireland too. A video on social media platform TikTok shows the German manager waving around on a hurley given to him by a local.

Though he didn’t puck the ball, he showed a good, short hold of the throw that would impress many players.

The manager was clearly prepared for the sun, wearing a long-sleeved top, given the heat wave the country is going through.

The friendly against Drogheda will be played behind closed doors. Some of Chelsea’s main stars will be missing as they are still on holiday due to playing Euro 2020 earlier this month.

It is known that players like Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley and Christian Pulisic will still be available to play the match.

Although the squad is weakened and they are expected to try out some young players, they are still likely to beat the League of Ireland.

Drogheda United are currently in fifth place in the league, eight points away from European qualifiers with just six games left.

Their next competitive match will be against Derry City in the FAI Cup at 3pm on Saturday 24 opthis from July.

Chelsea kick off their league campaign on the 14this of August at home at Crystal Palace. It will be interesting to see if Tuchel borrows tactics from the GAA to help his side next season.

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