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The English Premier Soccer season is about to kick off. But before it does, English team Chelsea has one more battle fight, far away from home in Hong Kong.
English Premier League Soccer Team Chelsea are limbering up. They arrived in Hong Kong yesterday to prep for Barclays Asia Trophy tournament. Crowds are cheering them on.
[Anson Mui, Chairman of Official Chelsea F.C. Supporters Club Hong Kong]:
"Chelsea is the best. They are blue. They have the greatest players, coaches, fans. And all the fans are lovely."
The tournament will be fought today and this Saturday, July 30th. It's a four-way knockout tournament between Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and current Hong Kong first division champions Kitchee.
[Frank Lampard, Chelsea Player]:
"So of course we're confident and of course we have to win tomorrow and again on Saturday, and we can take that confidence back home to England."
Even with the pressure of the big game, the team is still finding time to give something back to the community. 30 lucky young players, all under 13, were treated to lessons in ball control, passing, and shooting by their favorite players.
This young man even got his jersey signed by his two role models, Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard.
[Nicky Lau, Chelsea Fan]:
"I like Frank Lampard because he's a very good player. He's very nice as a person as well. He's not cocky. I really like him."
The English Premier League season begins in just two weeks. A victory in Hong Kong could be the springboard Chelsea needs to win the season.