Archive for the ‘Tour Story’ Category

TOUR STORY – DAY FOURTEEN

The final day of what has been a fantastic Here to Play, Here to Stay 2013 tour of Asia started with some pre-match stretching by the hotel pool..

TOUR STORY – DAY THIRTEEN

Wednesday morning brought a change to the schedule, with the players relieved of morning training duty and instead given some more free time…

TOUR STORY – DAY TWELVE

After five nights in Malaysia, Tuesday morning signalled the time to depart for Indonesia…

TOUR STORY – DAY ELEVEN

After last night’s 4-1 win against the Malaysia XI, the players could look forward to a morning off. On-site at the hotel was a PGA Championship golf course, appealing to some, while a trip into downtown Kuala Lumpur was also arranged. Those that chose to golf were in for a treat, the course boasting wonderful […]

A LOOK AT GAME TWO – TOUR STORY – DAY TEN

With all the effort, sweat and many hours put in on the training pitches out in Asia, it would be a surprise if signs of the benefit weren’t there to be seen when it came to pre-season game number two.

TOUR STORY – DAY NINE

Another day on tour, and another two training sessions in the Shah Alam Stadium, albeit very different ones. The first, this morning, was conducted behind closed doors in severely hot conditions, with humidity as high as we’ve seen since arriving in Malaysia on Thursday. That meant plenty of drinks breaks for the players and an […]

TOUR STORY – DAY EIGHT

A Thursday without training ensured there was no chance of either of Friday’s arranged sessions being cancelled, as Mourinho had done at the weekend to give his players a break…

THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE – DAY SEVEN

With Wednesday night’s game still fresh in the memory, Thursday morning brought rest, and for the first time on the trip, a day without action…

TOUR STORY – DAY SIX

Matchdays provide a typical ‘calm before the storm’ environment, with very little action before the squad’s pre-game meeting, which for today’s 8.05pm kick-off began at 5pm. There was an optional breakfast at the hotel at 10am, which some players took while others prepared to extend their hours of rest, before a team meeting at 12.45pm, […]

TOUR STORY – DAY FIVE

Over the course of the week, the players have lined up to comment on how well training has been going under Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff. You get the feeling after this morning’s session, which was dominated by shooting practice, they would not have changed their minds. Of course, it was not just shooting, […]

TOUR STORY – DAY FOUR

Long gone are the days of pre-season being nothing but an exercise in increasing lung capacity. In the fourth day of training since arriving in Thailand, there was another original session put on this morning by the new management team…

TOUR STORY – DAY THREE

It was a slightly quieter third day away for the Blues in Bangkok, with manager Jose Mourinho opting to give them the morning off, sparing his squad the heat that has so far been so testing in Asia.

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