SYDNEY, Australia (Sporting Alert) — Chelsea will complete a very busy 2014/15 campaign with one final exhibition game when they take on Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium, in Australia, on Tuesday.
The English Premier League champions have been taking the time to entertain the fans and enjoying themselves on the trip down-under, and will look to shut down the term with another victory before heading into the season break.
Manager Jose Mourinho admits that the players are now due for a rest after the long season, but said his team owe it to the fans to come out and play some good football, despite the long trip.
“Firstly, you are enthusiastic but so are we,” Mourinho said on www.chelseafc.com. “We feel the responsibility to play well and use our best players.
“We feel the responsibility to win and give them (the fans) a good experience.
“For us it’s important as a club, it’s a long time since we came here and to come one week after being crowned champions is a big responsibility.
“We always feel responsibility; we were in Bangkok, we went to the stadium and there were 45,000 in blue shirts so you can’t lose, you can’t just play for fun.”
One the players that will be on show on Tuesday is the PFA’s Player of the Year Eden Hazard and he was a very popular man on his arrival on Sunday.
“The fans here are crazy but that’s good, and I hope we can show them we are here to win the game and enjoy it.”
The Belgian attacker is looking forward to put on a shining display before heading into the summer break.
“We want to finish with a victory, we won in Bangkok and now we are here to win,” he said. “After that we will have a holiday, a rest and be ready for next season.”
Chelsea did an open training session at the ANZ Stadium on Monday to give the public an opportunity to see some of the club’s top players up close.
A total of 10, 000 supporters came to see the English Premier League champions being put to through the paces.
The club reports that over 80,000 tickets have been sold far for Tuesday’s game.