Our Pre-season is finally coming to an end as the countdown to Premier League starts! Jose Mourinho’s men will be taking on the European Champions, Barcelona, in the last game of the pre-season tonight before we head back to London!
After a fortnight of stay in the Montreal, it’s time to take a look back at our pre-season as Jose Mourinho talks about the experience with our official Chelsea website:
“It’s the best training session we could have. The game against Paris was a very good one; against Barcelona it can be an even better one.
I’m not worried with the tactical aspects, and I’m not worried with the result. I’m just worried about the possibility to play at a higher intensity and prepare ourselves for the Premier League.”
Mourinho insists he doesn’t care about the result as pre-season is all about getting ready for the real football! He also talked about the importance of giving minutes to the players so they can get themselves ready for the Premier League test:
“I need to give players minutes. I need to give players different experiences, playing with each other and also playing in different positions. It’s just about preparation. Obviously nobody likes to lose even in training but if we wanted to win we would choose opponents where we could win easily.
“This time, because we have a short pre-season and not a long time to be ready for the Premier League, we decided to play proper opponents and have proper training matches to raise the level.”
Mourinho also talked about choosing the team for the game against Barcelona tonight:
“Defenders I have to give 90 minutes to because at this moment I have only five. Between the five we must have four on the pitch and so for the defenders I have to do it.
“I prefer the others to play high-intensity football and to not reach their fatigue levels, giving everybody a chance to develop their condition.”
With Filipe Luis set to leave Chelsea, currently we don’t have a backup for the Left-Back spot. Baba Rahman has been linked to the Blues, but nothing has been official yet! With Premier League about to start in a couple of weeks, let’s hope we complete the signing soon enough.
Mourinho caps it off with a few kind words and positive experiences in Montreal:
“The conditions have been good to train and to rest. The distances of travel have also been very short. We haven’t spent a lot time on buses or at airports or on planes.
“We have had very good opponents. For the objective of a short pre-season I think everything went very well. If we don’t get any injuries against Barcelona we will have done fantastically, amazingly well by having a pre-season without one single injured player. Let’s hope the game doesn’t give us problems.”
As the boss explained above, we just hope no one gets injured during our last game in North America before we board a flight for London to meet Arsenal in the Community Shield! Good luck boys!
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