Chelsea set for Sydney friendly

The Blues have announced a friendly with Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium, a day after a goalless draw at Arsenal moved them within six points of a first Premier League crown in five years.

Jose Mourinho’s side could secure the title as soon as Sunday with wins at Leicester and at home to Crystal Palace.

Mourinho said in early April that a tour was being planned to celebrate the Capital One Cup win and now, with the Premier League title near, the plans have been announced.

England boss Roy Hodgson may be unhappy with the timing of the excursion, however, with Chelsea joining Tottenham in going on a post-season tour.

Spurs will play Sydney FC on May 30.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is expected to be selected for England, who play the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin on June 7 but Mourinho insisted the club would respect the international release rules in place as players must be made available 48 hours prior to a friendly.

“We are very pleased we are coming to Sydney at the end of our season, for the first time in more than 40 years, and we hope our Australian fans can come and watch us play,” Mourinho said on Chelsea???s website.

The Blues have visited Australia twice at the end of the season in the past, in 1965 and 1974. They will also travel to North America ahead of the 2015-16 season for the International Champions Cup.