Chelsea defenders Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta on resting to be ready

The Chelsea players are currently midway through a break from training following the game in the United States and ahead of our big Europa League final London derby against Arsenal.

Two of our experienced defenders have discussed having a two-week gap between games ahead of such an-important climax to the season.
Marcos Alonso will be in the squad for a European final for the first time.

‘We have a couple of days to rest now but of course we will be with our head in the game so there will be a little bit of light training and then in two days we are back to full training to be ready for the final,’ the left-back said.

‘A final for a European title, it is massive for us,’ he added, ‘and we will try to prepare 120 per cent and try to bring the trophy back to London.’

The 28-year-old also looked back on the match in Boston – the Final Whistle on Hate game against New England Revolution.

‘It was good. The main thing was to try to make an impact on people around the world, to say there should be no discrimination, no antisemitism and we should not tolerate these kind of things. If we can help as we did on this trip we are pleased to do it and I hope we made the impact we wanted.’

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Cesar Azpilicueta was part of the Chelsea side which won the Europa League in 2013, at the end of his first season as one of our players, and he is looking forward to the chance to lift the trophy for a second time.

He saw Wednesday’s win in America as a step in the process.

‘It was our last game before the final and from the second minute we were leading in the game and so that made things easier,’ he said. ‘We wanted to have good feelings before the final. We had a great time out there, we had great support and saw again our fans here.

‘We are happy to see them again, it has been three years since the last time we were in the United States and hopefully we can see them again soon.

‘It is nearly two weeks until the final and we will have plenty of time to train hard and have some rest,’ he added. ‘It is very important to arrive in good condition after a long season.’


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