Not your average plane delay… Chelsea stars enjoy ad hoc runway training session
11:51 GMT, 21 July 2012
When faced with an airport delay, most holiday makers take a nap, finish their book or order in another pint.
But when the Chelsea squad was unable to take to the skies in Seattle, they chose to stretch their legs during an impromptu training session.
The Blues are travelling to New York where they will face mega rich Paris St Germain in a friendly at the Yankee Stadium.
Hard at work: The Chelsea squad are put through their paces at the airport in Seattle
This is how you fly it: The Chelsea players appear to be showing the pilot how he should control the plane
Late start: John Terry left London on Friday
Meanwhile, boss Roberto Di Matteo wants Chelsea to forget about being kings of Europe and concentrate on becoming rulers of England again.
In his first in-depth interview since
being appointed permanent manager, the Italian spoke about the 12 weeks
that changed his life last season, when he led Chelsea to an FA Cup and
Champions League double after the turbulent tenure of Andre
'Those weeks were the craziest and
most amazing of my life,' said Di Matteo. 'We were fighting for fourth
place, the FA Cup and the Champions League. We had to switch from one
competition to another and the pressure was so intense. It was just
But he is refusing
to bask in the euphoria of that special night in Munich. The
42-year-old said: 'Manchester City have raised the bar. That is our
challenge, to make up the 25-point gap in the league.
are doing what Chelsea did in 2004, in terms of how they have come on
to the scene, signed a lot of players and tried to build a foundation.
That's the challenge.'
Di Matteo will have John Terry in
his squad this weekend for the first time since the defender was found
not guilty of a racial offence involving Anton Ferdinand.
the Chelsea manager said: 'JT just wants to play football. He never
once looked fazed by having the court case hanging over him. But he is a
Stretch those legs: The Chelsea players loosen up… or practice their latest team dance
Put your hands in the air: Chelsea take on Paris St Germain in New York as part of their pre-season tour