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Chelsea: great atmosphere, good Sounders

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm with No Comments »
July 18, 2012 10:54 pm

Here’s some reaction from Chelsea FC tonight after the 4-2 win over Sounders FC:

Coach Roberto Di Matteo
On new players to the club)
“I think it’s good for them. First official game for the new crop and their scoring was good. It’s also good that they had a good understanding with their new teammates and I’m pleased with the practice match today. I think we got what we were looking for, a very good evening.”

On the outcome) “We were looking for a good workout. We had good possession and combination plays. It was good slowly integrating new players and also seeing some of our younger talents that we hope will be the future of this football club. We didn’t get any injuries tonight; so far it’s been very good.”

On the match) “It was a great atmosphere. I know that the fans here in Seattle are crazy for soccer and they created a wonderful atmosphere in this friendly game.”

On the Sounders) “I think they’re a good team and they’re third in the [MLS Western Conference] table now. You can see they have some good players and also saw them play on [Sunday] as well. At the end everybody played well.”

On Sounders that made an impression) “Interesting player in [Fredy] Montero. Obviously Eddie Johnson, we know of his pace. He’s always a danger too.”

On Fredy Montero) “He has very good technical skills, movement and is also intelligent finding the spaces in between the lines.”

Joshua McEachran
On Seattle)
“It’s been really good, first time here. I though it would be a lot hotter in the summertime but it has been alright, made it nice for training.”

On his impressions) “The fans were really good today. The atmosphere was really good. The training ground and the stadium are first class.”

On starting the match) “It was a good experience playing against American players.”

Romelu Lukaku
On the game)
“It was important for the team. It was our first game as European champions so there was pressure. But when you play for Chelsea there is pressure week in and week out, and we won so that’s the most important thing. The goals were good for me but the most important thing is for the team.”

On Seattle’s comeback) “No I don’t think so, because we just started training and they were already playing in their season so they were a bit sharper at some points in the game. But we were very efficient; I think we had six shots in the first half and scored four goals so that means a lot.”

On his overall experience) “It was very nice to be here, and also to play in front of so many fans. They are great and I congratulate the Seattle fans and also the Chelsea fans that came from England to here. We were very happy with their presence here so hopefully we’ll have a lot of fans for the next couple of games.”

Petr Cech
(On the visit)
“It’s good because we use the top quality facilities here. A main reason we come over here is because we have great facilities to train in. When you have a friendly game in a full stadium, it’s a pleasure to come over here and enjoy the preseason.”

(On the game) “Today was a very positive result for us because we had all the new guys gelling in and they played really well in their first game. The Sounders are in the middle of their season and are a lot more fit, and you can see the difference. They are much fitter and we just started our preseason so it was good to see that we could start out on the right track.”

On Jamal Blackman’s performance) “He made the right decisions. He looked calm, that’s the main part. You can see he’s been training a long time and last season he played some friendly games. You can see his progression is going on very well.”

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