Chelsea and Manchester City will play two friendlies in the US between the end of the Premier League season and the international games in early June. Those games will be played in St. Louis and New York (Yankee Stadium).
Tickets for the Manchester City against Chelsea friendly to be played in St Louis on May 23 sold out within minutes of going on sale today, reports the St Louis Post-Dispatch.
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The defending European Champion open up their 2012-13 season away to Wigan. It’s a pretty easy start to the season for Chelsea which should allow Roberto Di Matteo time to get the new signings embedded into the side before the tough league matches start.
Chelsea will head to Scotland to play Glasgow Rangers in a glamour friendly at Ibrox on 6th August
Rangers’ new manager Ally McCoist told the club’s official website:
“We are delighted to confirm Chelsea will be heading to Ibrox in August. They are a fantastic club and their squad is packed with world class players so I have no doubt this game will capture the imagination of our supporters. We enjoyed a fantastic match against them in 2007 and Ibrox was packed and I am sure the fans will turn out in huge numbers once again to watch us in action against such a high-profile English Premier League side. This game will be a great test for our players and we are all looking forward to their visit.”
Chelsea have introduced a new pricing category that will see supporters pay up to £87 a ticket for the club’s biggest home matches.
While prices will remain frozen for the majority of home games (category A & B), those games against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will now be included in the newly created ‘AA’ category.
A non-Chelsea member wishing to watch one of those games in the upper tier of the West stand at Stamford Bridge will have to pay £87 to watch the match, an increase of £12. Season ticket prices have also gone up across the board, with fans in the upper tier of the West stand having to pay £1,250 to watch the club’s home games, an increase of £40.
Chelsea have been drawn against Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals, with the first leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 6 April. The second leg at Old Trafford will be on Wednesday 13 April.
It is a repeat of the 2008 Final, in which we were defeated on penalties in Moscow, the only time we have met in European competition previously.
Should Chelsea beat United they will face the winners of current holders Inter and Schalke in the semi-final. The first leg would be away on Tuesday 26 April. The second leg at home would be on Wednesday 4 May.
Really surprised to learn today that Chelsea have told Everton that they will not be taking up their full allocation for this month’s FA Cup 4th round tie at Goodison Park.
Chelsea were given 4,800 tickets, in accordance with FA rules, but the Blues told Everton today that they only required a smaller allocation of 3000 tickets, meaning Everton can release the additional seats to home supporters.
Shocked at Chelsea, the defending FA Cup holders, cannot sell its full allocation to this game. Is it a financial reason for Chelsea fans or a lack of confidence that Chelsea can go to Everton and get a result?
If there was ever a great start by Chelsea to a season, it has to be this one. The Blues have won all their 5 league games convincingly creating a huge goal difference over their nearest challengers Arsenal and Manchester United.
Chelsea prepare to face Manchester City on Saturday at Eastlands in a highly entertaining fixture that could end the Blue’s reign of terror. However, Ancelotti will be happy to know that he will have both John Terry and Frank Lampard for selection.
Terry who did not play in their 4-0 win on Saturday due to a rib injury has recovered while Lampard who has been out of action since August due to a hernia operation has resumed training with the club.
Santos have reiterated that their star player Neymar will only be leaving Brazil if the Blues can come up with the 28.75 million Pounds release fee. After a good display against the USA on Tuesday, Chelsea have once again shown interest in the teen prodigy.
Neymar and Pato combined well to give Brazil a deserved victory after a rather poor performance from their stars in the World Cup. In fact both players are being compared to the Ronaldo and Rivaldo killer partnership that was so effective in the 2002 finals.
Chelsea’s initial bid of 17 million Pounds was rejected and it does not seem likely that the London outfit will be ready to part with anything higher than 20 million for the starlet.