Fri, 18 Jul 2008

John Terry, Obi Mikel and Carvalho looking forward to Asia!


John Terry:

"I am really looking forward to arriving in China and playing in front of some capacity crowds. It is always exciting to play in front of a large crowd, and we’ll be going full out to put on a good show for everybody out there."

"I have never been to the country before, but I know football is developing quickly there, and that the fans really appreciate the sport. There is a real buzz about Asian and Chinese sport in particular with the 2008 Beijing Olympics going on out there too, and it will be nice for Chelsea to be a part of that excitement."

"I am sure there will be a tremendous atmosphere in those places and in the smaller stadium in Macau too."

"There is no way we can take any of the games lightly. We have strong opposition, and we need to be in the best condition possible for the start of the Premier League season."

Felipe Scolari will have a large influence on the squad, with nobody wanting to give less than 100 per cent. "We are all professionals, and with the new manager, all of the players will want to impress him to make sure we are a part of his plans."

John Obi Mikel:

"I have been working my socks off. Pre-season has been really different, we have been doing a lot of running but it is good, it gets you ready mentally and physically."

"I haven't been to China or Malaysia and the culture there is different so I can't wait to see it and experience it."

"I know they love football a lot so we have to make sure we give them what they want to see."


"I have never been to China before, and I missed the tour to Korea in 2005 to have an operation on my shoulder."

"I know we are going to Macau, and am looking forward to visiting the area. I know there are a lot of Portuguese people there, and the Portugal national team stayed there in 2002."

"I am looking forward to the tour, it will be a busy time with going to Malaysia and Russia too."

"I am sure it will be different from last summer, when we went to LA. It’s a long way but will be good, and we always travel a lot in pre-season. It is a very important time for the new players, and we have a new coach as well so we have to be together for two weeks to try to build a good team and start the season well."

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