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Chelsea have so far played four pre-season games this summer, and the Blues still have 3 more to go before the start of the season.
Chelsea’s pre-season started in Ireland, as Frank Lampard and his side drew their first game 1-1 with Bohemians. The following game was a 4-0 win against St Patrick’s in Dublin.
Chelsea then departed Ireland for Japan, and the Blues lost their first game in Japan to Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale 1-0. Lampard’s side then did well to beat Barcelona on Tuesday, which was Chelsea’s final pre-season game in Japan.
The boys are now back in England and Frank Lampard’s first game as Chelsea boss on English soil takes place this weekend in Berkshire as we take on Reading.
The Blues will play Reading on Sunday July 28 at the Madejski Stadium. The Stadium is home to Championship side Reading since 1998, and it will be our first visit to the ground since January 2013, the year the Royals were relegated from the Premier League.
The players arrived back in London early on Wednesday morning and have two days off before returning to training at Cobham.
After the game away at Reading, Chelsea will play RB Salzburg in Austria on July 31 and then Borussia Monchengladbach on August 5.
Blues boss Frank Lampard was pleased with the win against Barcelona, and he said after the game: “I’m very happy. It’s been good on pitch and off pitch. Especially today, I saw a lot of signs from the work we have done which is very good. There is more work to do but it’s been a good trip.
“It is always great to come to Japan and
the welcome we receive. For the club that’s important and it’s been nice for us.
“What I’ve learnt about the players is they’re a good strong group. They’ve done everything asked of them and more, so they deservedly now get a couple of days off.
“We’ve had two very competitive games here in humidity and difficult conditions. It’s a good test for the players and the tour has helped us.
“We’re in a process to be fit and ready for Manchester United, our first game. The clock runs down quickly so the players have to keep working. Collectively we have to work on elements of the team I want to implement.”