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International Champions Cup Preview: Chelsea v Milan

2 August 2013 16:32

Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel wants to continue his fine pre-season form in the International Champions Cup against Milan on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Dutchman joined Chelsea from Vitesse Arnhem in the close-season and has quickly impressed, both on the club's tour of Asia and their tournament opener against Inter.

Van Ginkel played an hour in his side's 2-0 win against the Italian side and was happy to get forward and help in the final third.

This is something he will look to do against Massimiliano Allegri's team in New York, if given the chance by boss Jose Mourinho.

"In the second half there were more spaces to attack and run past my opponent, which I enjoy doing," he told the club's website.

"I feel very fit. After 60 minutes I felt nothing in my legs, so that's good, and it's because we have trained well, trained hard, and I feel ready to go.

"I don't know what will happen on Sunday in the next match against Milan, the coach has to decide, but I feel I can do more which is a positive sign."

The winner of the semi-final will meet Everton or Real Madrid in the tournament's closing fixture, offering Mourinho the chance to go up against another of his former employers in the tournament.

The Serie A side won the opening game of the tournament on Saturday 2-1 against Valencia at the Estadio Mestalla to book a second round meeting with Chelsea.

The pair have met five times in the United States over recent pre-season campaigns, with each side winning twice as well as a draw in 2005.

Since the Valencia win, Milan have subsequently suffered a number of injuries in defence, with Daniele Bonera and Philippe Mexes unable to feature in the United States.

Allegri saw his side go 5-0 down after just 30 minutes against Manchester City on Wednesday, going on to lose 5-3, but they recovered against Sao Paulo, keeping a clean sheet and winning 1-0, to the delight of their manager.

He said: "(Against City) we had 30 minutes of madness, but then the team was able to create a lot of chances, it was a really weird match.

"(Thursday, against Sao Paulo) it was a lot more balanced, we had very few problems in the back, a few mistakes coming out of our box.

"We conceded them a couple of chances but, all in all, after yesterday's drubbing, a few players were tired, (Nigel) De Jong and (Sulley) Muntari were out, (Kevin-Prince) Boateng on the bench, a bunch of young players on the pitch, I think they did more than all right."

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