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Chelsea in Los Angeles

crest.jpgNo sooner had the ink dried on the release of the Premiership football fixtures the TV schedulers that run our nation's game for the benefit of 'Mr and Mrs Armchair supporter,' were busy at work re-arranging the early season fixtures for the Blues.

The first game of the season at home to Birmingham City has been moved to Sunday 12th August with a 1.30pm (UK time) kickoff. The away game at Liverpool has been switched to Sunday 19th August, kick off 4.00pm (UK time). The away game at Aston Villa will now be played on Sunday 2nd September, kick off at 4pm.

The home game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday September 15th is now a 5.15pm (UK time) kickoff and the following weekend the away game against the Champions has been moved to Sunday kicking off at 4.00pm (UK time).

The away game at Derby County on Saturday 24th November will kick off at 5.15pm (UK time)

A couple of games have had their dates change but are not scheduled for TV are the away game at Reading will be played on Wednesday 15th August, kick off 8pm (UK time) and Bolton Wanderers away will now kick off on Sunday 7th October at 3pm (UK time).

As I write this, the squad out in Los Angeles are going through their paces with their first training session of the season and the first of two sessions today. Missing from the sessions are Lassana Diarra who has stayed behind in London due to personal reasons and also staying behind is Khalid Boulahrouz who is subject of interest from several clubs and looks to be the next player to leave Chelsea within the next few days.

There has been lots of speculation that Arjen Robben is leaving to join Madrid, especially more since Malouda has signed, but as far as I am aware he is part of the US tour and has allegedly said that he wants to fight for his place.

Don't forget Chelsea's first match is against Club America which kicks off 2am UK time, Sunday 15th July - News, scores, scorers and report will appear here.

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