Chelsea to tour Japan?
Chelsea are considering taking a trip to Japan for their post-season tour if they win the title. Chelsea plays the last match of the season at Stamford Bridge against Sunderland, on the 24th of May. According to Jose Mourinho, if they were to win the title, they would be taking a week long post-season tour. Typically, the tour is expected to be promotional, and will include two friendlies.
After Chelsea confirmed a 200 million pound deal with Japanese company Yokohama Rubber as their new shirt sponsors, Japan seems a very likely destination. With Chelsea having already confirmed the United States as their destination for the pre-season tour, Japan seems to be on for the post-season tour. Jose Mourinho said:
“If we win the title, I think we’ll go on an after-season tour, play a couple of matches in some destination where people will be very enthusiastic to have the Premier League champions. It’s something we are thinking about, a good way to celebrate. Not a victory parade but a trip, a week where we play a couple of matches but, at the same time, can be together without the pressure of winning every match, without the pressure and tension of the last weeks of the Premier League.” “We can also relax and go to holidays with that good feeling. But we still have eight matches to play. Bruce Buck and the board are talking with me about destinations. We want to go somewhere where people are enthusiastic to have a club like Chelsea.”
When asked whether Japan might be a probable destination after the new deal with Yokohama Rubber, Mourinho said:
“I don’t know, but that would make some sense.”
With the Copa America starting on the 11th of June, South American players Oscar, Juan Cuadrado, Filipe Luis, Willian and Ramires will miss the tour, as FIFA regulations require clubs to give players at least 14 days of preparation time with their national teams before an international tournament.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi