The tour that was

The official Chelsea website takes a look back at the 2016 visit to the United States, on and off the pitch, through social media, stories and images...

 

All aboard. Next stop - Los Angeles! ✈️🇺🇸#CFCTour #CFC #Chelsea

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They're off! An 11-hour journey and then it was quickly from the team's hotel in Beverly Hills to a flight recovery session at the training ground, located at UCLA in adjacent Westwood. 
 

With hot-weather training sessions taking place, with frequently two each day, the swimming pool at UCLA was welcome relief, especially for match recovery, but with these being competitive sportsmen...

 

Victor Moses has caught many people's eye during pre-season, and he spoke to this website in the early days of the tour with the first game against his former loan club Liverpool approaching. 

 

The Blues went urban at an adidas event in Downtown LA, sandwiched between the two training sessions of the day.

Gary Cahill spoke after he scored, we defeated Liverpool and kept a clean sheet in the Rose Bowl in the first of three games stateside. 
 

The above tweet needs no explanation.......but if it does, a Hublot event at one of Los Angeles's famous film studios, had a London theme.
 

The crowd, the biggest ever recorded for a Chelsea game, and Eden Hazard with two goals on his return to match action, were the standout points from our defeat against Real Madrid in Ann Arbor's 'Big House' stadium. 
 

Hazard spoke to this website afterwards and said, 'It was good to be back on the field but not good enough to win the game.

 

We've arrived in Minneapolis! Next up on our #CFCTour - AC Milan! #Chelsea #CFC

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@asmir1 meeting the @twins' Max Kepler after the game this afternoon. He's a Blue! 👊 #CFCTour #CFC #Chelsea

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With the Minnesota Twins' baseball stadium just two blocks away from the team's hotel, it was never in doubt that members of the squad would pay a visit during a rare spot of spare time. One was Asmir Begovic who grew up in North America. 
 

Twenty-four hours before the game in Minneapolis, we took a peak inside the fantastic new stadium that Chelsea and AC Milan had the honour of opening. 
 

Any game against AC Milan is significant for Carlo Cudicini who played for the Blues and the Rossoneri. 


The tour ended with a win, thanks to goals from Bertrand Traore and two from Oscar. 


Chelsea TV followed the tour the whole way too, and below are their highlights.