MARIN AIMING TO IMPRESS
Marko Marin is hoping his first outing in a Chelsea shirt will be the first step to cementing a place in Roberto Di Matteo's line-up.
The Bosnia-born German international has settled quickly into the squad, helped by his excellent English and familiarity with several of his new team-mates (Marin has Serbian parentage, and has spent a lot of time with Branislav Ivanovic since arriving).
He is now aiming to impress as much on the field as he has done off it, starting with Wednesday's friendly against the Seattle Sounders. Like his manager, the 23-year-old, is keen to see some competitive action after 10 days or so of training, and a few at the impressive VMAC centre.
'First I have to say the training ground is unbelievable,' Marin said. 'I never saw something so big, and I think we trained now a lot and are all happy we have a game tomorrow.
'All of us want to show something to the manager and to show his qualities. For me it's my first game for Chelsea and it's something special too. I want to show what I can and what my qualities are. I want to do my best and hope that I will play in the league too.'
The winger is hoping good form at club level will see a recall to the national squad.
'If somebody plays in a team like Chelsea it's a logical step that you play then in the national team too. The first thing is I have to play well and then we will see,' he explained.
'There is pressure when you play in a big team. For me it is the same and I hope I can improve with playing with high quality players.'
While having so far enjoyed a low-key start to his first Chelsea tour, Marin has only positive things to share about Seattle.
'We didn't see a lot, we trained twice a day and are only in the hotel,' he said. 'I can only say a few things about the people at the training ground, everybody has been good but we haven't met a lot of people.'
That is about to change this afternoon when the squad gets its first taste of the Seattle public at the open training session. There will be more on that event at CenturyLink Field a little later here on the Chelsea website.
Live text coverage of the game will be available via chelseafc.com