New manager Antonio Conte will lead his team on a pre-season tour of Austria and United States, with an extra fixture in Russia likely to be added, as the club double their effo…
Chelsea look set to play six matches in five different time zones during pre-season, with five games confirmed across Austria and the United States and a sixth being organised in Russia.
Antonio Conte’s men will be the first away team to play in both the Allianz Stadion, which is home to Rapid Vienna, and the Moscow Stadium of CSKA Moscow, the latter subject to confirmation.
The August clash with AC Milan in the International Champions Cup will be the first sporting event at the newly renovated 73,000-seater U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings.
Conte will make his bow in a Chelsea dugout against Rapid Vienna while his first real test will come against Liverpool in Los Angeles’s famous Rose Bowl Stadium, which hosted the World Cup 1994 final.
John Terry, Diego Costa and Willian have been present at pre-season from day one, while those with Euro 2016 commitments are expected to join next week along with Juan Cuadrado, who played in the later stages of the Copa America.
Jose Mourinho admitted last season that the three-game pre-season left his players underprepared and, 12 months on, the club look to avoid similar struggles with double the amount of fixtures.
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