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Sunday 19 May 2019

Cesar hails USA trip as right call for final fitness

Cesar Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta said his side would make proper use of their trip to Boston ahead of their upcoming Europa League final clash with Arsenal.

The Blues took on the MLS outfit New England Revolution in Boston in the early hours of this morning in a friendly for the club's 'Say No To Antisemitism' campaign.

A strong squad, including Eden Hazard, travelled to America to play in their last game before the Europa League final on May 29.

Azpilicueta said at a press conference: "It's been a busy few weeks trying to get into the final of the Europa League and the last Premier League games to qualify for the Champions League.

"We are pleased to be in America, first time in Boston and a game we are all looking forward to playing because it's a big event to fight against anti-Semitism and all kinds of discrimination.

"We are approaching our most important game of the season in Baku, but we are focused on keeping the good feelings in the team and to stay fit since it's nearly two weeks until the final so we have to use it in the right way."

A number of younger players have also travelled, including Reece James and Trevor Chalobah who spent the season out on loan.

The Spaniard was looking forward to seeing some of them in close action.

"We are excited to see Reece and Trevor back from their loan spells and Connor (Gallagher) who was named player of the year in the academy, Marc (Guehi) was on the bench in the last Premier League game.

"It's important for them to get experience travelling with us and even play in a game."

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