St Patrick's Athletic continue their pre-season preparations tomorrow (Wednesday) night as they take on a Chelsea XI in Richmond Park at 7.45 p.m.
Reserve team manager Paul Clement told stpatsfc.com that he is looking forward to bringing over his Chelsea team following a 6-0 thrashing of Portsmouth in a reserve game last night
"That was a pretty emphatic result even at this level, the lads looked in great shape and Guus Hiddink as well as Roman Abramovich were on hand to watch the game. There are a few first team players out so at the moment there is some added interest in the reserves ".
"We'll be bringing over a young but a very strong team, we will have youth internationals playing in nearly every position. Trips like this are hugely important to our young players, it's part and parcel of the modern game to be able to be able to travel, to adapt and to deliver a performance and it's important that we can instil that in our young players".
Paul is well used to making the trip to Dublin having been assistant to Don Givens and the Irish U-21 team for three years and is looking forward to the match in Inchicore.
"Pat's have been one of the best side in the league in recent years, they've also done well in Europe and with a new management team of Jeff Kenna and Paul Peschisolidos in place their players will be out to impress. It should be a good test for us but that's exactly what we're here for".
Kick off in Richmond Park is at 7.45pm tomorrow night and although tickets will be on sale at the ground, patrons are encouraged to arrive early in order to avoid disappointment.