Blues report to Cobham for first day of preseason training
It was great to see photos and video of the gang back in training action today. Hard to believe it’s already time to dust off the ol’ boots! Actually, the European offseason is so short, dust doesn’t have time to gather. That’s not a criticism, au contraire, as a fan I love the short offseason. This line from chelseafc.com today cracked me up: “After what seemed like an eternity waiting, the players were back in at Cobham today and quickly down to work.” If EPL fans think a couple months is an eternity, they’d never survive the interminably long off seasons in the States! For fans used to American sports, two months hardly seems like an offseason at all.
One of the things I really appreciate about European soccer is the long seasons. I’m sure it is grueling for the players, and perhaps the grind even curtails some of their careers, but clubs certainly give fans their money’s worth as far as total number of matches is concerned. By the time you tally EPL regular season, FA Cup, League Cup, and in Chelsea’s case (thank goodness!) Champions League action, that is a whole lotta football. The more the merrier I say. With the Chelsea guys already back at Cobham knocking around the leather, opening day will be here before we know it!
Do you think European seasons are too long or just right?