The boys pay a visit to Harlem FC in New York as part of a coaching clinic.
Juan Mata has praised the atmosphere in Saint Louis.
“The reception from the city and from the people was amazing. We’re really happy to be here in the city at this amazing stadium, at the university camp also, and it’s good to promote soccer to people here, to see a lot of people wearing Chelsea shirts”
Cesar Azpilicueta was disappointed to be beaten by Manchester City in St Louis on Thursday night, but delighted to score his first goal in Chelsea colours.
Petr Cech says the team have done their best to give their new boss an easy start.The Czech international admits finishing in the Premier League’s top three has made life easier, without the need to negotiate a qualifying tie to reach the group stages of the Champions League.
“We can say the job’s done. We knew that once we fell too far behind Manchester United that our concentration would be on the Europa League, FA Cup and finishing top three. We finished top three, won the Europa League and I think with all those difficult games we had to win at the end of the season, we did really well. The structure of the pre-season can be held the same way as normal. Now everybody will have enough rest to come and start the season and be fresh. We don’t have to worry about anything and this is a great way to start the next season.”
Romelu Lukaku admits he is unsure of his future, but will head into pre-season training ready to take on any challenge that comes his way.
Lukaku: “It is out of my hands now. I will go to the internationals, go on holiday with my friends and my missus and come back and train hard with my dad and then go to pre-season with Chelsea. We will see what happens. This club will always have a place in my heart. It’s the club that put me in the spotlight and re-launched my career.”
Jose Mourinho waxwork from Madame Tussauds, placed outside Fulham Broadway tube station, in west London.
Chelsea and Manchester City will pay their respects to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado in tonight’s match at Busch Stadium in St Louis.
One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to the Oklahoma Recovery Fund - set up by baseball side the St Louis Cardinals and Relevent Sports in order to assist children affected by the tragedy - supporters will be invited to make donations at the ground and the teams will wear black armbands as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives.
Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, and Frank Lampard will leave Chelsea’s post-season United States tour following the first of two friendlies with Manchester City in order to return to London to join up with England. This means fans set to watch the match at Yankee Stadium in New York will miss out of the players.
Scoring 22 goals is not bad and everyone is asking for the strikers to score goals. It is much better than last season but hopefully next season it can be even better. - Fernando Torres
12 days of Frank Lampard: Day 12/12
Asked by strawwberry-bubblegum
Yeah, i’m familiar with the rumors. The media that’s spreading them are under the impression that Mourinho, being defensive minded, doesn’t trust Luiz as a defender. But i don’t think he’s going anywhere. He’s a fan favorite and he’s only getting better (this season proved that) Plus, i am %100 certain NO ONE at Chelsea has the balls to offload him to Barcelona.
Ivanoich was named one of the Premierships top5 defenders of the season; much of his success coming as the result of being returned to his favoured centre-back position under the stewardship of the Rafa Benitez.
Fernando Torres has the honor of opening Chelsea’s scoring at the start of the season (Community Shield match against Manchester City) as well as closing it against Everton.
Torres’s strike past Tim Howard was his first Premier League goal since December.
Ake on his breakout season:
“It’s been a good season for me, especially being involved in the Europa League, and I have to give credit to the other players as well because they’ve helped me so much…It’s not only about playing; just training with the first team, being involved and sitting on the bench is good for my development. If you experience the big occasion it makes you want to get there again. Now I just want to work hard and hopefully get more chances to show what I can do.”