Chelsea vs AC Milan, Friendly: Open Thread

In Chelsea’s final match of their US summer tour, the Blues take on AC Milan tonight in Miami, in front of a crowd of more than 50,000. For readers in the United States, the match kicks off at 6pm ET on ESPN2/

While Milan will be weaker after the transfers of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain, it should still be a very strong Italian side against a Chelsea team who should feature Fernando Torres in its line-up for the first team this tour. Chelsea will want to recover from their mid-week defeat against the MLS All-Star Team.

I’ll be at the stadium, in section 114 if any of you are interested in meeting up (tweet me at @epltalk). I’ll also be posting images on the EPL Talk Instagram feed, so follow EPL Talk on Instagram to see the latest photos before, during and after the match.

Personally, I’m going to be interested to see if there are more Chelsea or AC Milan fans in the stadium tonight. There’s a strong following for both teams in South Florida, as well as a lot of Italian-Americans, so let’s see who wins in the stadium as well as on the pitch.

I had the good fortune of attending Chelsea’s open training last night at Sun Life Stadium. The players seem very relaxed and happy, and are enjoying the weather and beautiful part of the United States.

“It is going to be a good test for us,” said Torres. “The result against MLS is not the most important thing but we have to be ready to improve now. It’s very important from now and we will see what we can do. We are ready and really looking forward to it, especially because we’ve seen the love of the fans here in Miami, and we hope people come to see us and see a good spectacle.”

Before, during and after today’s match, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans from around the world in the comments section. Post your rants, raves, observations and questions.

8 thoughts on “Chelsea vs AC Milan, Friendly: Open Thread”

  1. The kid definetly has the skills. It will be interesting to see how he handles the EPL with less time on the ball, my guess is he’s going to get a kicking from a lot of teams.

  2. Went to this match last night. Announced crowd was 57k. Largest crowd for any of the Chelsea us tour stops this year and for all of the herbalife challenge stops. So good showing by south Florida in my opinion. Certainly it seemed to me that Chelsea had the majority of the support in the stands.

    Now let’s get those attendance figures up for the fort lauderdale strikers.

  3. 57,748 for a preseason game is not a sellout, but a success nonetheless. Considering how expensive the tickets were priced for a preseason match for the lower seat level, i could only afford midfield upper seats. For me it was an inve$ment which i do not regret, but if promoters were less greedy then more people would have easily shown up. One thing to consider is that none of the tickets were sold at any discounted price site like Groupon unlike done for other sporting events. Enjoyed the investment even though Chelsea did not seem cohesive enough to even muster a goal to cheer their own fans.

    1. Not a sellout, but it was the best attendance figure for all of the World Football Challenge games thus far.

      The Gaffer

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