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Perth Glory confirm date of first Chelsea preseason summer friendly

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A match that was first rumored just a couple weeks into Antonio Conte’s tenure as Chelsea manager, then confirmed almost exactly a year ago last January by both teams involved, now has a specific date.

Chelsea will take on not very good A-League side Perth Glory at the Australian club’s brand new Optus Stadium on July 23rd, just one week after the World Cup final (July 15). The stadium officially opened 10 days ago, but this match will be the first football match played at the venue — that will now make five such opening events for Chelsea in the last four years.

Former Chelsea backup goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who finished his career with back-to-back Premier League titles in 2015 (Chelsea) and Leicester City (2016), was present at the press conference announcing the date, for which Glory will start selling tickets next week already.

Chelsea last visited Australia in 2015, playing a friendly against Sydney FC, stopping in Thailand on the way. Presumably, this trip will include at least one other stop as well, but there are no further rumors regarding any such game yet.

Given the shortened pre-season due to the World Cup, Chelsea might only do one pre-season tour, so if you were hoping a USA trip, you’re probably out of luck. But we’ll see!