Blues return to scene of first big triumph

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Chelsea skipper John Terry is hoping the club can repeat their success of 2003 and lift the Asia Trophy once again this summer.

The England international looks back fondly on his previous trip to the continent, and a victory which Terry believes was pivotal to the future success of the club in both the Barclays Premier League and FA Cup.

"It probably sounds funny to some people but it was the first trophy that we won as a group and it was maybe the start of a very good period for us," the centre back told the official Chelsea website.

"It was special at the time, obviously looking back now at what we've done it loses its significance and rightly so, but if there is a trophy to go and win, then we want to win it, and that's pre-season as well, regardless of how big or how small it is.

"As a player you always want to win games, and that's no different so we'll be going to Hong Kong again this time to win."


The opening match of the two game tournament comes against Hong Kong champions, Kitchee, at Hong Kong Stadium on July 27. Three days later, the Blues will meet either Blackburn Rovers or Aston Villa, with the chance to lift the trophy again presuming they win the first match.

With the managerial situation set to be finalised in the coming weeks, Terry is confident the team will be in good shape for both the tournament and the start of the season, with matches against Vitesse Arnham, Portsmouth, a Malaysia XI and Thailand All Stars also penciled in for July. A final friendly against Rangers comes on the 6th August.

"We should be in good condition by then, so we don't need to worry about other the other teams looking fitter or sharper than us, and the main thing is we know come day one of the season we'll be ready to go."

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