Chelsea to parade Champions League trophy before friendly clash with rivals Tottenham

CHELSEA will parade the Champions League trophy around Stamford Bridge before their pre-season friendly against bitter rivals Tottenham.

The Blues face Spurs in the Mind Series clash at Stamford Bridge on August 4 and will take the opportunity to show off their new piece of silverware to their fans.

European champions Chelsea are expecting an almost full stadium in West London and will use the opportunity to celebrate their success with the Blues faithful.

Although there were a small number of supporters in Porto for their win 1-0 win over Manchester City in May, the club were not allowed an official parade when they returned to England.

Covid rules at the time meant one was impossible. But regulations have now been relaxed meaning crowds can gather again.

Chelsea said: "At the match at Stamford Bridge, the Champions League trophy will be paraded for the first time since the glorious night in Porto back in May."

The Mind Series will see Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea face-off in three friendlies with all proceeds being split between the UK's leading mental health charity Mind and the clubs' foundations.

The Gunners' pre-season preparation was thrown into chaos this week as they were forced to cancel a tour of the USA as a result of a Covid-19 outbreak among a small number of players and staff.

Mikel Arteta's side trained in a 'controlled environment' on Wednesday after their London Colney base was deep cleaned on Tuesday night.

The squad were due to fly out to Florida on Wednesday but had to pull the plug at the last minute.

A round of testing on Monday showed up the positive results, with the squad again tested on Tuesday before they were due to fly out the next day.

However the trip has been cancelled, as has the game against Inter Milan that was scheduled for Sunday night in the Florida Cup.

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The winners of that match, at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, would have faced Everton or Colombian side Millonarios in the final on July 28.

Arsenal are now expected to play two 'behind-closed-doors' friendlies to replace the lost fixtures, according to PA.

But their Mind Series matches against Chelsea and Tottenham to come on August 1 and 8, respectively, are unlikely to be affected.

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