Chelsea embarked on a post-season trip to Thailand and Australia to cap off another very successful season. The Blues were able to secure two trophies in Mourinho’s second season back at Chelsea, and both the Premier League trophy, and Capital One Cup, were warmly-received by the strong Asian and Australian fan-base, who went delirious in meeting their footballing heroes.
Thailand All-Stars 0-1 Chelsea (Sat 30 May, 12:00 BST)
A Dominic Solanke goal early in the game was enough to give Chelsea a slender 1-0 victory in front of a packed Thai crowd.
The Blues, on their post-season tour, were greeted to rapturous applause as the Thai fans enjoyed seeing their stars in real-life for the first time since a 2013 trip to Thailand.
Youth dominated the starting eleven, with only Cech, Ivanovic, Mikel and Remy the notable first-team inclusions in a line-up consisting of Aina, Clarke-Salter, Ake, Colkett, Boga, Brown and Solanke.
It was the latter who opened the scoring, registering his 42nd goal of the season with a smart volley after 12 minutes.
Thailand All-Stars had a opening at goal soon after, including the hitting of a post, but the humidity made for a slow pace to the game.
The second-half saw 11 new Blue faces, with Blackman, Christensen, Dasilva, Houghton, Musonda and Loftus-Cheek all afforded a piece of the action, as were some star-studded names including Terry, Costa and Hazard, who was cheered with every majestic touch.
But Solanke’s early effort was enough to secure the win as the game petered out to a dull end, even if there was no dampening of Thai Chelsea fans’ spirits.
Sydney FC 0-1 Chelsea (Tue 2 Jun, 11:00 BST)
Chelsea secured another 1-0 win in front of an adoring 83,000-strong Australian crowd.
A star-studded line-up featuring Terry, Hazard and Costa was capably backed up by tinges of fringe players such as Remy, and youth such as Ake and Boga.
And it was Remy who can sleep happily tonight knowing he scored the winner to round off a very special 2014/2015 campaign for the Blues, cutting in from the right, going past two players before leathering the ball left-footed into the top corner from the edge of the box. It was a delicious goal and worthy to be called Chelsea’s last of the season.
But Sydney FC were no push-overs, giving credit to the Australian League. Cech was in good form and, where caught out, Ivanovic was on hand to block on the line.
But, as so typical of Chelsea this season, they scored the goal and could hold out. And this is why we start next season as defending champions.