Chelsea will face AC Milan in their third tour match tomorrow, and Carlo Ancelotti has announced that Yuri Zhirkov is now eligible to play for the team. He will be playing on the left side of the new diamond formation against Ancelotti’s old team, and the new Chelsea coach is looking at this game as something special.
He said: “Zhirkov is working very well now, he can play tomorrow for the first time for Chelsea and I will give him this opportunity to play for us,”
“He is a new player, very good because his quality we can use for our team. He will play tomorrow.”
Ancelotti then went on to speak about the opposition, and how it is important that Chelsea keep on improving ahead of the new season.
‘For sure it is not a normal game playing against Milan, it was eight years that I was there, and for sure it is a different game for me tomorrow but I want to stay with my mind on my team, because it’s an important moment now,’ he explained.
‘We want to improve and know very well how this team can play. It is an important tournament because there are very good teams, Chelsea, Milan, Club America, Inter, it is a friendly but not really because every game is important for us to improve and find a good condition.
‘It is important to win because when you win you stay well. Against Milan we want to do this, play well first and improve our condition.’
It will be a great start for Ancelotti to beat his old club, after the win against their great rivals Inter Milan, and it will augur well for the new season if Chelsea can continue their winning run.
If i remember rightly, didn’t we beat Milan 5-0 last pre-season?