This one's a bit of a big deal, apparently. I suppose that's what happens when 41 years pass between Chelsea visits. Even Mourinho claims that he will respect the fervor that our arrival (and, to a lesser extent, Spurs' arrival) and open training session with 10,000 spectators generated in Sydney, and take this game a bit more seriously than the one in Thailand.
We'll see just what all that will entail, of course. In all likelihood, we will just switch the order of appearances from Saturday's game. Start with the big names, finish with the youth. That's my guess anyway. Plus, I want to see Charlie Colkett doing his thing again.
"We want to finish with a victory, we won in Bangkok and now we are here to win. After that we will have a holiday, a rest and be ready for next season."
-Eden Hazard; source: Chelsea FC
While many players won't be able to start their vacations just yet thanks to a FIFA-scheduled international date starting next weekend, this will be the final Chelsea match of the 2014-15 season. So let's enjoy, one last time, before bedding in, gearing out, and stocking up on truth serum for the long summer of no games and plenty of Silly Season nonsense. Summer is coming!
Date / Time: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 11:00 BST; 6am EDT; 3:30pm IST
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Forecast: Sunny, but not exactly super warm. About average to what it usually is at this time of the year there, but it's all backwards so who knows what it's supposed to be. One thing's for sure, it's perfect koala-petting weather.
On TV: Chelsea TV (UK); 7mate (AUS); elsewhere
Online: Chelsea TV (worldwide; paid)
Sydney FC team news: Finally, a club that's got even less history than us! Founded in 2004 (specifically to play in the country's brand new top level football league), Sydney FC have won the A-League three times already. Or, to be more specific, they won the league once (2009-10) and they won the subsequent championship playoffs twice (2006, 2010). They finished second to Melbourne Victory this season, both in the league phase and the playoff phase (losing 3-0 in the final). If you're a long-time reader of WAGNH, you might remember Tim Palmer, tactics prodigy -- here is his analysis of the Grand Final.
The A-League operates under a franchise model with no relegation, weird "marquee" player rules, and the like. It's a bit like MLS. Or a bit like the future UEFA Dream League. You heard it here first! Sydney's marquee players have included the likes of Dwight Yorke and Alessandro del Piero. Last year it was leading scorer Marc Janko with the tag, but the Austrian national team captain has left after just one year at the team. He apparently cited difficulties attending both league games and having to fly home for international duty as the reason for his departure. Did he get Australia and Austria confused when signing? Club captain Alex Brosque and New Zealand World Cup star Shane Smeltz are the two biggest names in the team at the moment.
Sydney FC held their own against Spurs a few days ago, losing just 1-0 on a Harry Kane goal. Better teams have fallen at the feet of that guy, as we know all too well. The hosts will no doubt be looking to do even better against the English champions.
Chelsea team news: The squad's obviously unchanged since the Thailand friendly. Mourinho has already announced that he will start the trio of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, and Loic Remy up front. Are you ready for Petr Cech's final appearance in a Chelsea shirt?
Previously: Chelsea last stepped foot on the continent in 1974 for a six-match, six-city, three-week post-season tour. Four wins, one abandoned match, and one loss followed. Chelsea also visited in 1965, for an entire month even! Peter Osgood apparently scored 12 goals in 8 matches during that tour, to help establish himself at Chelsea. He was kind of good, I think.