PIAZON: PROGRESS AND OPPORTUNITY

Posted on: Sun 14 Jul 2013

After spending the end of last season on loan in Spain with Malaga, Lucas Piazon is enjoying life back in the Chelsea ranks, and is helping another young Brazilian settle into the squad.

Wallace, who has arrived from Fluminense after signing a pre-contract agreement in January, flew out to join the squad in Bangkok on Friday afternoon, and has since spent time with Piazon and Ramires as he settles into the squad.

'I played with Wallace a lot before, in the Brazil Under-15 and Under-17 teams, and he is a quick right-back who likes to attack a lot, but he also defends very well as well and I am sure he will like it at Chelsea,' Piazon explained, before going on to discuss his own progress, after 13 appearances at Malaga between February and May.

'I think it was good for me,' said the attacking midfielder. 'I could play a lot of games and played in La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa Del Rey. It was nice to finish the season playing some important games so I was happy.'

Now there is the prospect of a chance to impress Jose Mourinho, with next week's match against the Singha All-Stars following a tough period of training under the Portuguese.

'Training has been good, very hard, and some of the players are very tired, but that's pre-season, and we're all enjoying it,' he said. 'I think the heat is easier for me because I am used to it in Brazil like this.'

By Wednesday's match, for which tickets are still available, Piazon's team-mates should have acclimatised to the Bangkok weather, and will be determined to kick off the second Mourinho era with a victory.