A squad of 23 Chelsea players has touched down in Massachusetts in the United States of America at lunchtime on that side of the Atlantic.
The Blues are in Boston to take on local MLS side New England Revolution in a special ‘Final Whistle on Hate’ match on Wednesday night. More details on that and the Say No to Antisemitism campaign the game it is promoting can be found by clicking on Blues Boston-bound for Final Whistle on Hate
Our freshly crowned Player of the Year Eden Hazard is among those who have made the journey to the States for the game and in addition to the regular members of Maurizio Sarri’s squad who have travelled are five young players.
They are Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah who have both enjoyed beneficial loans in the English Football League Championship this season. James won Wigan Athletic’s Player of the Season and can operate at right-back or in midfield, while Chalobah, the younger brother of Nathaniel who is now at Watford, was one of Ipswich Town’s best and most selected players. He was mostly in midfield during his loan but can also operate as a centre-back.
Midfielder Conor Gallagher was named Chelsea Academy Player of the Year on Friday night after an eye-catching season in our junior sides including in the run to the UEFA Youth League final. He previously helped England win the Under-17 World Cup.
Centre-back Marc Guehi was on the Chelsea bench for the first time yesterday at our final Premier League game at Leicester and is another who won the Under-17 World Cup, while Ike Ugbo is a centre-forward has had spells on loan at Barnsley, MK Dons and most recently Scunthorpe United. He is an England Under-20 international who has lifted the FA Youth Cup with Chelsea.
The Chelsea squad in Boston is:
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Rob Green, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Gonzalo Higuain, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic, Olivier Giroud, Davide Zappacosta, Willian, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Marc Guehi, Reece James, Ike Ugbo, Trevoh Chalobah, Conor Gallagher.
The players will train later today at Boston's world-famous Harvard University.