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Chelsea already planning post-season tour as Premier League champions

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What's that they say about the best laid plans of mice and men?

"If we win the title, I think we'll go on an after-season tour, play a couple of matches in some destination where people will be very enthusiastic to have the Premier League champions."

"It's something we are thinking about, a good way to celebrate. Not a victory parade but a trip, a week where we play a couple of matches but, at the same time, can be together without the pressure of winning every match, without the pressure and tension of the last weeks of the Premier League."

"We can also relax and go to holidays with that good feeling. But we still have nine matches to play. [The chairman] Bruce Buck and the board are talking with me about destinations. We want to go somewhere where people are enthusiastic to have a club like Chelsea."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Guardian

Granted, these sorts of things must be planned ahead.  They don't just happen overnight, I suppose.  Even last year, letters were sent to local residents about a possible victory parade.  And then Chelsea lost to Sunderland.  Liverpool also had planned an open-top bus parade before not winning the Premier League title.  I'm sure there are many more such examples of putting the cart before the horse.  It's a necessary evil of living in organized society.  But now that it's out in public, I guess we better make sure we do win it!

That said, the rumors are of a post-season tour of Japan (clad in Yokohama-branded gear from head-to-toe, I'm sure), followed by perhaps a pre-season tour of the USA.  India had been rumored at one point for the summer of 2015, but that seems to have fallen by the wayside.

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