Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Chelsea proved they were the best football team in Europe when they lifted the Champions League trophy in May – now they are trying their hand at dominating another sport, American football.

While on their pre-season tour of the USA the players took time out of their training regime to link up with NFL side the Seattle Seahawks.

Roberto di Matteo’s side will take on MLS side the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday and before the game tried their hand at the different ball game.

Players from both sides exchanged shirts and Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic attempted both quarterback and wide receiver duties, while for Petr Cech there was some impressive kicking on display.

The Seahawks in turn had goes at scoring goals and keepy-uppy and afterwards, K.J. Wright, a 22-year-old linebacker who has become a Chelsea fan through playing computer game soccer, compared performances.

'The Chelsea players need to put some more weight on them if they want to play our sport,’ he told Chelsea TV.
'We do a lot of weights, we are more bulkier than those guys, but they are pretty fast so they could probably play.

'Our training is different because we do a lot of hitting each other and a lot of tackling and these guys do a whole lot of running, so they are more in shape than we are.

'I have never met a soccer team before and to meet one of the best in the world was a big experience. I am a Chelsea fan, I watch the games all the time, and to meet Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard and guys I play with on the video game, it was real fun.'


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