Speaking to Chelsea official website José Mourinho analysed the two weeks of pre-season the team spent between Canada and USA.
Tonight Chelsea will face the Champions of Europe, Barcelona, in Washington then they will go back to London to get ready for Community Shield game against Arsenal at Wembley next Sunday:
“It’s the best training session we could have. The game against Paris was a very good one; against Barcelona it can be an even better one.
“I’m not worried with tactical aspects, and I’m not worried with the result. I’m just worried about the possibility to play at a higher intensity and prepare ourselves for the Premier League.
“I need to give players minutes. I need to give players different experiences, playing with each other and also playing in different positions. It’s just about preparation. Obviously nobody likes to lose even in training but if we wanted to win we would choose opponents where we could win easily.
“This time, because we have a short pre-season and not a long time to be ready for the Premier League, we decided to play proper opponents and have proper training matches to raise the level.
“Defenders I have to give 90 minutes to because at this moment I have only five. Between the five we must have four on the pitch and so for the defenders I have to do it.
“I prefer the others to play high intensity football and to not reach their fatigue levels, giving everybody a chance to develop their condition.
About the pre-season experience in Canada and USA, he said:
“The conditions have been good to train and to rest. The distances of travel have also been very short. We haven’t spent a lot time on buses or at airports or on planes.
“We have had very good opponents. For the objective of a short pre-season I think everything went very well. If we don’t get any injuries against Barcelona we will have done fantastically, amazingly well by having a pre-season without one single injured player. Let’s hope the game doesn’t give us problems“.