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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill says Premier League preparation is goal of USA tour, which starts here

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm with No Comments »
July 16, 2012 4:56 pm

Chelsea’s match against the Sounders at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday is the first of a four-game USA summer tour.

“We’re hoping to get fitness,” Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said. “We’re still in preparation for the (English Premier League season, which) starts in the middle of August. So: preparation in regard to getting back playing, getting back sharp, getting fitness back in the next couple of weeks.”

During 2011-12, Chelsea balanced the disappointment of a sixth-place finish in the EPL against championships in the FA Cup and Champions League.

“Last year was strange,” Cahill said. “The first half of the season obviously didn’t go to plan. But the second half was fantastic; and winning two cups by the end of the season was amazing, so we have to push on from that. It’s nice to be involved in all the competitions like we was. Obviously, we hope to compete more in the Premier League this season.”

The work toward that goal begins in Seattle, followed by friendlies against Paris Saint-Germain in New York on Sunday, the MLS All-Stars in Chester, Penn., on July 25, and AC Milan in Miami on July 28.

“I think it’s good,” Cahill said. “Obviously, we get to see a lot of the U.S. The facilities are amazing, so that’s good for us. And we’re playing some big games over here, which will be important. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of fans watching the games, which is good as well. And it gives us time to get away together as a group. And obviously the new players that have signed (have time) to bond with the lads that are already here.”

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