The 2018/19 A-League campaign kicks off this weekend.
As Chelsea FC finished off their Premier League campaign last night against Newcastle, their focus now switches over to the FA Cup Final this weekend. The 2016/17 champions have narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification for the 2018/19 season, after finishing fifth in a disappointing season by their lofty standards. Despite this, the European powerhouse will still be looking to take home some silverware, as they battle Manchester United in the FA Cup final this Sunday morning (Australian time).
Chelsea will be heading down under this July as part of their preseason preparations for the 2018/19 Premier League season. They will take on local A-League side Perth Glory on 23 July, at the world-class Optus Stadium. Chelsea are expected to bring a strong side to our shores with the clash taking place only two weeks prior to the start of the season, as well as interruptions to their preparations with the World Cup taking place in June and July. Chelsea will therefore be looking to get as many minutes into their side playing together, in order to bounce back with a strong start to the season in August.
With the FA Cup final taking place this Sunday morning, at 2:15am (AEST), there could be some precious silverware on its way to Perth in July if Chelsea can knock off Manchester United. They will need to improve on last night’s performance against Newcastle to get the job done, with the game ultimately being a dead rubber after Liverpool’s convincing win over Brighton consigned Chelsea to fifth position regardless.
Chelsea held their annual awards earlier in the week with N’Golo Kante taking home the Player of the Year, whilst Willian took out the Player’s Player, after a 13 goal season, and 22 year old Andreas Christensen was awarded the Young Player of the Year, after a terrific season establishing himself in the heart of Chelsea’s defence.
Final seats have now been released to see the Premier League giants in action at Optus Stadium, with plenty more to see and do in Perth that week for those travelling from interstate. Chelsea will be the only Premier League side arriving in Australia this year, so make sure you snap up your tickets quickly at Ticketmaster.