Colwyn Bay vs Chelsea XI – Match Preview

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Colwyn Bay manager Frank Sinclair expects a tough game when former side Chelsea visit the Llanelian Road for a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

The Europa League winners are expected to send a side compromising of under-21 and under-18 players for Colwyn Bay’s third pre-season fixture.

Sinclair, who started his professional career at Stamford Bridge, is looking forward to the game against his former club.

“It’s brilliant they’ve taken the time out to travel a long way to field a team against,” the former Jamaica international said.

“They’ll come along with their young stars and give us a good game.

“I watch quite a lot of Chelsea play through the work that I do at the football club and I see the youth development and the way they do things. It will be a really tough game and I’ll preach that to the boys.”

Sinclair made over 160 appearances for Chelsea between 1990 and 1998 and won the FA Cup and League Cup during his time with the west London club and the 41-year-old still maintains a close association with the Blues in his role as a pundit on Chelsea TV.

“I grew up there as a kid from an 11-year-old,” said Sinclair, who also played for Leicester City.

“I went through all the ranks to make it as a professional and I ended up playing nine years in the first team. I’ve got great memories and won stuff there and I think I served the club well. I still go back there now and get greeted fantastically.”

Sinclair has also arranged for former Tottenham Hotspur defender Pascal Chimbonda to play in the friendly.

The 34-year-old ex-France defender wants to return to professional football after being released by Doncaster Rovers over a year ago.