Chelsea might be in action in the Far East, and it might be Jose Mourinho’s first match back in charge since returning to the club, but let’s be honest – all the focus is on what is happening back home after the Blues’ bid for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney stunned the football world.
I say stunned not because of the interest – Mourinho has made no secret of his admiration of Rooney in the last few weeks – but more of the nature of the bid.
Quite why, if true, Chelsea have offered Juan Mata (or possibly David Luiz) in part exchange is anyone’s guess – the Spaniard in particular was extraordinary for much of last season.
But it shows Mourinho’s determination to land Rooney in what would be a sensational coup, and that the Special One means business.
By his own admission, his last season at Real Madrid was ‘the worst of his career’ and he needs to rebuild his aura in west London.
His first chance to do that comes against Singha All Stars in Bangkok, and he should start with a win in the 2pm kick-off.
Chelsea are as short as 7/50, with the draw at 21/4 and the home side at 25/2, and I don’t see any repeat of Saturday’s heroics for the hosts.
Singha beat Manchester United 1-0 in David Moyes’ first game in charge in a damaging defeat for the new Reds Devils boss, but it is hard to see lightning striking twice.
The Thai League’s representatives beat an undercooked and way below strength United, but Mourinho has a decent squad to choose from and at 19/20, Chelsea can win by at least three goals.