Having been starved of football for nearly two months, football is starting to creep back into the lives of Premier League supporters. The new season is getting close and we seeing English clubs return to action.
Chelsea have been in the United States on a PR blitz playing in three games. The Blues lost their first game against a stronger, fitter and better drilled New York Red Bulls who are halfway through the MLS season. However as fitness and competitiveness grew the Blues secured creditable draws against Paris St Germain and Barcelona.
On a less important note, the Blues also got some penalty taking confidence as they won two shootouts in their last two games to technically triumph over PSG and Barcelona.
Chelsea have made tentative steps towards the start of the campaign, Mourinho picked a different XI to start each half of the fist game. This gave all the clubs players on tour some game time with the exception of youngsters Nathaniel Chalobah and Jake Clarke Salter.
After craving more football for so long It can be tempting for fans to try and interpret results and performances and translate them into analysis for the season ahead.
Failing to win in pre-season is never ideal, but Chelsea still have Arsenal in the Community Shield and a friendly at Stamford Bridge against Fiorentina.
Before Chelsea fans get too worried, it is worth considering that during last season’s pre-season games the Blues lost twice in a season where they went on to romp to the title. A clear indication that what happens in pre-season stays in pre-season.
With such a relaxed approach to the game and a changeable team, few inside the Chelsea squad or management will share this view.
Chelsea do not lose or go winless very often, so rival fans should enjoy the