TURNBULL: WE WANT THE COMPETITION

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

Ross Turnbull is looking forward to the upcoming pre-season fixtures in Germany, particularly now the whole squad are back together.

The remaining World Cup players returned to Cobham this week, making this trip the first of our pre-season games where all the fit Chelsea players are available.

'It's great to have everyone back. It's difficult when there are only a few of you around and there's a lot of young players, so it's great to have everyone back and now we're just looking forward to the season.

'And this trip is a good chance for us to get away and get back together. We just want to get training and playing these two games.'

However, despite his joy at the whole squad travelling, our number 22 is aware two tough fixtures lie ahead: 'The German league is a strong league so these are going to be two difficult games and they're games that we need.

'We want some competition, and we'll definitely get it with these two games,' explained the man, who in terms of fitness is feeling good.

'I feel physically fit but obviously I just need the games now to get sharp. The more games you play, the better you are.

'Once these two games have been played we have the Community Shield as well, so there's plenty of opportunity for us to get some competitive action and match sharpness.'

A lack of 'match sharpness' showed in Turnbull's last outing, when we travelled to face Ajax for a 3-1 loss.

Our goalkeeper had already played 30 fairly uneventful minutes against Crystal Palace as our first pre-season opposition failed to threaten Chelsea's goal during his watch.

And although his performance against Ajax was sound, it was marred by the host's second goal when Siem De Jong stole the ball from Turnbull's grasp before coolly slotting home.

The strike closely followed Chelsea's equaliser but Turnbull insists the error will be out of his mind when he next dons the shirt.

'You have to try and forget about it,' insisted the shot-stopper, 'obviously I made a mistake but it won't be the last mistake I make.

'It's better to make a mistake like that in a pre-season friendly than during the season in a league game.

'You have to just keep going, it's not going to affect me or my game, it's just one of those things that can happen playing in the position we play in. Now it's just about getting on with it and looking forwards.'