Reports from the Evening Standard suggest that Chelsea will forgo their usual lucrative summer tours in order to focus on squad development for next season. The reports also suggest that the club is doing so in order to give the players a chance to rest after the World Cup as much of the senior squad and several loanees will be involved in the summer competition. With the World Cup ending in July and the season beginning in mid-August, there is not much of a window for players like David Luiz, Romelu Lukaku, Gary Cahill, and many more to fully recover.
Chelsea is also skipping out on the tours in order to get a step ahead on their rivals who are still planning global tours. Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool will all be competing in the International Champions Cup in the USA. Chelsea took part in the competition last summer and it was wonderful for Blues supporters in the States but they will have to wait until next year at the earliest to see Chelsea stateside. Tottenham is also playing friendlies in the United States ahd Arsenal has not announced their plans but their usual tour in Asia is expected.
While this may not be the best of news for Chelsea fans in America, they can understand the circumstances and reasoning behind the decision. Most of Chelsea’s senior players are full internationals and the difficulties of being in the World Cup can wear them down before the season even begins. This is also a sign of the club sacrificing some revenue for on-field success which the club’s fans can surely get behind.
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