Chelsea compete in a charity tournament this evening, Friday, against Fenerbahce and Besiktas at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Turkey in order to generate funds for the 301 direct and even more indirect victims of the Soma mining disaster that occurred in May.
At the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, fans gathered to welcome the Chelsea stars to the country ahead of the mini-competition last night, with manager Jose Mourinho and returning striking Didier Drogba both receiving warm welcomes.
The three one-half games scheduled this evening will likely be played in a light-hearted spirit - and, commenting on the club's official website, skipper John Terry said: “First and foremost us going there is to support the charity and the families that suffered. From that aspect it’s for a great cause. From the club’s perspective it sends the right message that we’re supporting and going there to hopefully help the families.
"It tells you about the power of football. Regardless of what happens in football, what team you support, there are certain things in life when everyone comes together. It’s an opportunity for not only Chelsea but the other sides involved as well to come together and hopefully raise some money for the families and show we all support this cause.
"We are playing two very good sides so it will be good competition which is what we need before our season kicks off. It’ll be two very intense 45-minute games. It’s a bit different to what we are used to but to cram it in and get the games in is a good format really. It’ll serve a purpose for us pre-season."