Swimming: Chelsea fan Joseph Schooling off to London for first live match at Stamford Bridge

Joseph Schooling is a die-hard Blues fan, and this will be his first time watching a live match at Chelsea's home ground.
Joseph Schooling is a die-hard Blues fan, and this will be his first time watching a live match at Chelsea's home ground. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Fresh from winning four relay golds in last week's National Collegiate Athletic Association swimming championships in Indiana, Singapore's Olympic champion Joseph Schooling is flying off to London on Saturday to catch Chelsea play Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

The 21-year-old is a die-hard Blues fan, and this will be his first time watching a live match at Chelsea's home ground.

Early on Saturday (Singapore time), Schooling posted an Instagram photo of his passport and British Airways plane ticket from Austin, Texas - where he is based in - to London.

Off to @chelseafc to watch my first live game 😊 #goblues

Off to @chelseafc to watch my first live game 😊 #goblues

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The University of Texas junior gave an interview with the Olympic Channel about his trip, and said: "You don't go to Stamford Bridge every day, and with this being my first time, I'll definitely want to have the full experience."

He also mentioned that his favourite player is playmaker Eden Hazard - who sent a personal congratulatory message from the football club to the Singaporean last August, hours after he won the 100m butterfly gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Chelsea are riding high on top of the English Premier League table, and Schooling admits he is glad that his club stand a good chance of winning the league this year.