Coincidence? We don’t think so.
Chelsea have finally set a date for their Champions League trophy parade – and it turns out rivals Tottenham will be there as well.
Under normal circumstances, the Blues would have shown the big-eared cut to thousands of fans on an open-top bus on Kings Road in London.
The COVID-19 restrictions meant that wasn’t possible, but now that they have been relaxed Chelsea expect a near-full hall at Stamford Bridge for the preseason friendly against Spurs on August 4.
Which gives them the perfect opportunity to celebrate their incredible success ahead of Tottenham – and the Blues loyalists, of course.
Chelsea said: “In the game at Stamford Bridge, the Champions League trophy will be paraded for the first time since Porto’s glorious night in May.”
The game takes place as part of the Mind Series, a mini-tournament also involving Arsenal, all of the proceeds of which are donated to charity.
Chelsea began preparations for the new campaign by beating Peterborough 6-1 in a friendly at Cobham on Saturday.
Hakim Ziyech scored a hat-trick, while Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja also found the net.
With many players reaching the round of 16 at Euro 2020 and still on a three-week hiatus, there is no shortage of fringe players hoping to impress Thomas Tuchel in the preseason.