Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud and Willian star as Chelsea go goal crazy at Stamford Bridge

The Blues stepped up their preparations for Premier League return with a friendly against QPR

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N'Golo Kante was back in action for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after returning to training later than his teammates because of safety fears amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Chelsea go to Aston Villa on Sunday as the top flight resumes after being halted by the pandemic in March, and French World Cup winner Kante was among the stars on show who relished the friendly against Queens Park Rangers with a 7-1 victory on Monday.

The Blues sit in fourth place and will be looking for a strong finish to the season to seal a place in next season's Champions League.

They have a three-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester United, but could have slipped to fifth on goal difference before that clash at Villa Park if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side - unbeaten in 11 in the League - win at Tottenham on Friday.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored twice as Chelsea routed the Championship side.

The midfielder has been out for more than a year after rupturing his Achilles during a friendly at New England Revolution at the end of last season.

Billy Gilmour also scored twice with Mason Mount, Willian and Olivier Giroud netting as Frank Lampard's side warmed up for the Premier League's return.

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