Jose Mourinho provided an injury update on two of his players after an evening in Washington DC he thoroughly enjoyed.
Chelsea against Barcelona is always a special occasion, even in pre-season, and the game at the FedEx Field was no different. We ran out victors on penalties for the second straight game after an absorbing 90 minutes which finished 2-2.
Before the flight back to London the manager expressed his pleasure at an another successful work-out for his team...
‘My first thought when I got on the pitch was the amazing colour of the game,’ said Mourinho.
‘The crowd was beautiful. The blue guys and the Barcelona people were together. There was lots of colour. The screens were amazing.
‘Barcelona were not worried about winning or losing. They were training - the same as us. It was not a tactical game. It was two teams looking for the best intensity, the best form.
'For me it was fantastic. I thanked Luis Enrique a lot for what they gave us. It was just what we needed.
‘It was 2-2; it could have been 4-4. The penalties mean nothing for us, nothing for Barca but for the people it means a lot. The 70,000 or so people that were here go home happy. It was good promotion for soccer in the US and good for the promotion of our clubs.’
Gary Cahill left the pitch after scoring and the manager also discussed Diego Costa's fitness
'Cahill has a chance of a broken nose, maybe yes, maybe no. If no, perfect. If yes, he will get a mask tomorrow to be ready for Sunday!
'Diego felt a little thing in his hamstring. We believe it is just a feeling, no more than that, but we have to wait.'
The manager also looked forward to Sunday's game against Arsenal
'We go to the Community Shield with 21 days of preparation which obviously is not enough, but it’s different to today and PSG. It’s a title, the least important one but it’s the opening of the official season in England.
'It’s a London derby, a top team and also a rival. For the fans it’s nice, a big day at Wembley – a blue and red day. It’s still a preparation match but the cup is there and the cup is always a motivation. We are going there with a different spirit and a different mentality.'