CAHILL: TOUGH TEST
Gary Cahill is looking forward to getting some match practice on Wednesday when we face the Singha All-Stars in Bangkok, and admits nobody wants to lose the game.
The England defender admits today's first game of pre-season is more about fitness than the result, but with everybody keen to impress Jose Mourinho in his first game back at the club, the squad is determined to avoid the plight of Manchester United, who were beaten 1-0 by the Thai league's representative side at the weekend.
'I don't think the manager likes to lose any game, whether it's training or anything else, so I'm sure he will want to win,' Cahill said. 'We saw the last bit of the Man United game and the Singha All-Stars looked good, all very good on the ball, and it will be a tough test for us as a first game.
'We're trying to achieve fitness, we can't look too far into it. We want to impress and do well but we've been away for a long time so players might be a bit rusty, but training has been sharp. The conditions are difficult for us but hopefully we can benefit from that when we get back to our climate.'
So far, the 27-year-old has enjoyed the trip to Asia, with Mourinho bringing a freshness to the squad, and the Thai people providing a fantastic welcome.
'It's been amazing,' he smiled. 'When you come so far you don't expect to get such a reception, but when we got off the aeroplane at the airport, at the hotel, at training, the enthusiasm for the game is unbelievable and the fans obviously love Chelsea as well.
'With the manager, I've noticed the preparation in training, none of the sessions have been the same so obviously a lot of thought goes into that, and the general order he brings across to the players. He expects you to work hard, he expects a sharpness and intensity, but he likes to have a laugh off the pitch. It's exciting for me personally because I've never worked with him before and I'm really looking forward to the first game.
'There is a reaction when anybody comes in but especially when someone of his pedigree comes here after the job he did before and with the reputation he's got. Everyone is on their toes and looking to impress in training. It has been a real boost.'
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