Chelsea to compete in Champions Cup

Chelsea to compete in Champions Cup

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Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea will participate in the annual Guinness International Champions Cup as part of their pre-season tour of the United States this summer.

Chelsea, on course to win the Premiership for the first time since 2010, will be part of the ten team tournament that they competed in two years ago.

It will be the eighth time they have toured North America since the club significantly increased its attempts to grow the club’s profile outside of Europe, following Roman Abramovich’s purchase in 2003.

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck, quoted on Chelsea’s official website, said:

“I am delighted the club will take part in the International Champions Cup this summer, against top-quality opposition.

“We look forward to returning to North America for the eighth time in 12 years, and visiting some iconic venues in which I am sure there will be strong Chelsea support.

“We know the facilities we use will be second to none and Jose and the squad will be able to prepare for what already promises to be an exciting 2015/16 campaign. I am also pleased to confirm we will be continuing the important work of the Chelsea Foundation during our visit.”

The International Champions Cup has quickly become one of the main events of the European pre-season and has attracted some of the greatest clubs in Europe and some of the most iconic in America. This year Chelsea will compete with Barcelona, Club America, Fiorentina, La Galaxy, Manchester United, New York Red Bulls, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto and San Jose Earthquakes. The tournament has recently expanded to both Australia and China, such is its popularity.

A game between Chelsea and Manchester United last season in the States drew a crowd of over 109,000 people.