Chelsea defeat Reading 1-0 as Pedro scores only goal in warm-up friendly

Chelsea defeat Reading 1-0 as Pedro scores only goal in warm-up friendly

- Chelsea got back into action following a 1-0 win over Reading in a friendly

- Pedro Rodriguez scored the only goal of the match in the first half

- N'Golo Kante returned to Frank Lampard's squad after refusing to train

Chelsea are gearing up for their return to action in the Premier League following a 1-0 win over Championship side Reading in a warm-up friendly.

With a week-and-half left to play their remaining matches in the top-flight division, Frank Lampard's side defeated the second-tier club with a lone goal coming from Pedro Rodriguez.

N'golo Kante returned to the team after initially refusing to train due to the spread of coronavirus and the likes of Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour were also on parade.

Chelsea defeat Reading 1-0 as Pedro scores only goal in warm-up friendly

Chelsea beat Reading 1-0 at the training ground at Cobham and Pedro scored the only goal of the match. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham, Ceasar Azpilicueta, Willian, Matteo Kovacic and Emerson were also in action in the warm-up game.

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Chelsea's loanee Matt Miazga featured for the opposing team while former Stamford Bridge bred John Swift was also in Reading's ranks.

Lampard's side are in strong contention for a top-four finish in the current campaign but will have to face stiff competition from London rivals Tottenham and Manchester United.

Chelsea defeat Reading 1-0 as Pedro scores only goal in warm-up friendly

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante returned to the squad and was given the opportunity to feature for the Blues. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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The 2015-16 Premier League champions also have a mountain to climb as they will looking to miraculously overturn a 3-0 deficit in a round of 16 Champions League clash with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

With the FA Cup off their sights, the Blues will concentrate on making the most of their remaining nine matches.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Champions League football may be concluded in Portugal in a mini-tournament as Lisbon have made a bid to host the remaining matches, reports in Germany claim.

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The elite competition has 17 matches left as the round of 16 matches are yet to be concluded before the global pandemic.

Istanbul was scheduled to host the finals on May 30, 2020, before the three months lockdown that kept all footballing activities shutdown.

Legit.ng also reported that Wilfred Zaha has finally come out to deny claims he slept with David Moyes' daughter during his spell at Man United.

The current Crystal Palace star was impressive during United's pre-season in 2013 before leaving Old Trafford for Selhurst Park.

The Ivorian international was not happy with the lack of support from the Red Devils after the rumours about his affair with Moye's daughter broke out.

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