DREAMS COME TRUE WITH SAMSUNG

Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Oscar and Victor Moses have taken part in an initiative to nurture the dreams of football-loving young players.

Chelsea's partner Samsung brought to life the Dream the Blues campaign which gave children from different parts of the world a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to embark on a trip to London, and take part in a training session with the four star players who are ambassadors for the project.

During the early stages of the campaign, Samsung and Chelsea visited each of the participating countries where local youths learned footballing skills from Chelsea Foundation coaches.

Early last week young players from Mexico, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Thailand and Brazil met in London to build global friendships and share their passion for football, taking part in intensive training and mentoring programs at the week-long Blues camp.

Fourteen were selected to spend time at Cobham for a very special football experience, interacting with Torres, Mata, Oscar and Moses during the full coaching session.

'Playing football with kids is always nice,' declared Torres. 'They are honest and they always tell you what they think, and they have their own opinion about everything and it is nice because they only want to enjoy it. Football is all about enjoyment so we had a really good time with them.'

During this culmination to their enjoyable stay in London, the children practiced shooting from distance, dribbling skills and some one-on-one moves with the players, with Torres noting a variety of specialised skills.

'At this kind of age you can see a big difference,' he said. 'The South Americans play with quality more slowly, and the Africans, like Europeans, play quick and sharp.'