February 8, 2018

Chelsea Confirm Perth Friendly  (Sky Sports)

Chelsea playersChelsea will face Australian side Perth Glory in a pre-season friendly ahead of the 2018-19 season, the Premier League club confirmed on Thursday.

The Blues will return to Western Australian city for the first time since 1974 to face the A-League side at their new Optus Stadium on July 23.

The multi-purpose stadium, which holds up to 65,000, recently hosted the fifth and final one-day international between Australia and England, which the tourists won by 12 runs.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said: "We will be taking a strong squad to Perth as we prepare for the 2018/19 season.

"Of course, we have a long way to go in the current campaign but we can already look forward to an exciting pre-season.

"Optus Stadium will be a fantastic and fitting venue for us to visit our passionate Australian supporters once more and take part in an entertaining match against Perth Glory."

Perth Glory chief executive Peter Filopoulos added: "This international friendly between Perth Glory and Chelsea, is a huge coup for Western Australian and football fans throughout Australia and Asia.

"It is also an enormous opportunity for our club to play in front of a large attendance at the new, world class Optus Stadium in its rectangular configuration against a prestigious international football club in Chelsea.

"The scheduling of this game is ideally placed and the club will be using it as a platform from which to build its pre-season preparations for the 2018 FFA Cup and 2018/19 Hyundai A-League season."

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