After completing the worst defence of the Premier League title in the competition’s history, Chelsea are hoping to recover their pride and dignity next season.
Along with the capture of Antonio Conte as manager as well as the signings of Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante, the Blues have been preparing for 2016-17 via a pre-season tour of America.
However, aside from clashing with Real Madrid in Michigan, the west London side have been shaping up in unorthodox fashion. In fact, the squad launched the inaugural Chelsea mock-Olympics with a hotly competitive swimming race.
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John Terry victory
With Rio 2016 just five days away, it appears Chelsea have been keen to immerse themselves in the Olympic spirit.
Their mock swimming race, captured on the club’s Instagram page, features a face-off between Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Nemanja Matic and Asmir Begovic.
The video of the hilarious race, staged in Los Angeles, can be seen below:
Despite Cahill’s blatant false start, Terry fights back to secure the win. Meanwhile, Matic was caught napping and left abandoned on the starting board along with Loftus-Cheek.
Nonetheless, the skipper took advantage and raised his right arm in celebration- a similar reaction to that of the legendary Mark Spitz.
Chelsea face AC Milan on Wednesday in the next part of their US tour as well as a clash with Werder Bremen which proves their last chance to prepare for the new season.
If ever there were doubts over Terry’s fitness ahead of 2016-17, this swimming clash goes a way to dispel them. Either that or Cahill and Begovic’s skills in the pool are severely lacking even with a dose of cheating.
The 35-year-old will be hoping for far more significant victories next season however. Besides, it could prove his last at Stamford Bridge.
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