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Chelsea vs Manchester City
PRE-MATCH DISCUSSION AND LIVE CHAT

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Post-Season Friendly No.1
24th May, Friday 2013
Busch Stadium, St. Louis
1.30am Kick Off (UK time)

[Match kicks off at 7.30pm local time in St.Louis, 23rd May]

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Note that this is an early kick off (UK time) since the game is played in United States. This match kicks off at 7.30pm local time in St.Louis, 23rd May.

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The team will fly out to US tomorrow. No words on which players are going though. Don't think the loanees will follow as it seems a tad rush and their loan contracts don't expire yet. Expect the youngsters, maybe a number of them, to join in especially Cole, Cahill and Lampard have been allowed to leave after this game for England duties.

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perfect. do my last bit of uni work on wednesday and i can celebrate with a nice late night on friday!

any news on whether our players currently out on loan will be available? would love to see the likes of specifically lukaku and de bryune :D

The team will fly out to US tomorrow. No words on which players are going though. Don't think the loanees will follow as it seems a tad rush and their loan contracts don't expire yet. Expect the youngsters, maybe a number of them, to join in especially Cole, Cahill and Lampard have been allowed to leave after this game for England duties.

damn :(

With such a small squad and so many games this season, we have no choice but to field a team of youngsters. Paulo will hopefully get a solid 90minutes though. Malouda? Marin?

will be good for the youngsters to play against Man city who will probably field a mixture of youngsters and first team players that didnt get that match game time this season...

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Will the players on loan be available for this ?

If yes then I would like to see KDB, Lukaku, Piazon play :D :D :D

Piazon is still on loan at Malaga. And La Liga ends on 1st June.

And as I said earlier, don't think the loaned players will follow. Seems a tad rush and their loan contracts wouldn't expire yet.

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Duobt the players who have been out on loan will play but whatever -

Cech

Azpi - Ivanovic - Luiz - Cole

Ramires - Ake

De Bruyne - Piazon - Oscar

Lukaku

Err, why are we even gonna play such a strong team? As if those 1st team players haven't played enough games already this season!

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Err, why are we even gonna play such a strong team? As if those 1st team players haven't played enough games already this season!

err hardly our strongest team! so do you think we will play our reserves out there? yeah because that would make alot sense! why would we have these games and make the effort to go out to America to not play some 1st team players? all of them will want to play and they all will play some part! no one is going to travel and not play.

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err hardly our strongest team! so do you think we will play our reserves out there? yeah because that would make alot sense! why would we have these games and make the effort to go out to America to not play some 1st team players? all of them will want to play and they all will play some part! no one is going to travel and not play.

Firstly, I didn't say that was our strongest team. Just questioning why put out such a strong team given the number of games we have played this season!

Secondly, just because we are going all the way to US, doesn't mean we have to play so many of these senior players. Looks likely that some youngsters will be joining in and it would probably be more of a mix and match team consisting senior and young players. Moreover, we would then be able to see some of these young lads in action and see how they fare. And not to mention, the likes of Luiz, Oscar, Azpi, Mata etc will all be playing in the Confederations Cup in June. Don't think there's any need more to flog them to death here when we should just rest them and not let them suffer any major burnt out especially with these players won't be getting much rest after the tournament as pre-season begins shortly after it.

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Firstly, I didn't say that was our strongest team. Just questioning why put out such a strong team given the number of games we have played this season!

Secondly, just because we are going all the way to US, doesn't mean we have to play so many of these senior players. Looks likely that some youngsters will be joining in and it would probably be more of a mix and match team consisting senior and young players. Moreover, we would then be able to see some of these young lads in action and see how they fare. And not to mention, the likes of Luiz, Oscar, Azpi, Mata etc will all be playing in the Confederations Cup in June. Don't think there's any need more to flog them to death here when we should just rest them and not let them suffer any major burnt out especially with these players won't be getting much rest after the tournament as pre-season begins shortly after it.

why are you so worried about senior players playing around an hour or so in a friendly? its not like the games will be played at such a high intensity or the players will be under any pressure to perform! they can easily stroll around the pitch for an hour, hardly anyone will play the full 90, its not like these friendlies are going to destroy our players and burn them out! They are friendlies not cup finals! they are all fit and able to play! (apart from the injured players obviously)

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Note that this is an early kick off (UK time) since the game is played in United States. This match kicks off at 7.30pm local time in St.Louis, 23rd May.

Wait, if this kicks off at 7:30pm St. Louis time, doesn't that mean it kicks off at 1:30am UK time? It's not 'early' kick off, it's 'middle of the night' kick off!

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why are you so worried about senior players playing around an hour or so in a friendly? its not like the games will be played at such a high intensity or the players will be under any pressure to perform! they can easily stroll around the pitch for an hour, hardly anyone will play the full 90, its not like these friendlies are going to destroy our players and burn them out! They are friendlies not cup finals! they are all fit and able to play! (apart from the injured players obviously)

Because we have just finished a long hard season and it's nonsensical to even be playing them in a friendly (which shouldn't even take place)?! Regardless of whether it's high intensity or not, after the amount of workload these players have gone through this season, it's basically a risk playing them. One sudden run or challenge could have them out injured a long period of time (touch wood).

And since it's just a friendly, and a post-season friendly at that, why not just play more of the youngsters then?!

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