We’ve been thinking a lot about Chelsea’s hectic schedule this week.
By Saturday evening, the Premier League champions would’ve clocked up around 6,000 miles in just 72 hours – following their gruelling trip to Azerbaijan in the Champions League and then their away clash against Liverpool tomorrow.
But that’s nothing compared to one man.
Jefferson Farfan – the hero of Peru’s World Cup play-off win over New Zealand a fortnight ago – has travelled over 28,000 miles in the last two weeks, thanks to various club and international commitments.
The Lokomotiv Moscow forward will be part of the squad that travels to Khabarovsk on Monday to play SKA Khabarovsk – who are currently bottom of the Russian Premier League table.
For those of you who don’t know, Khabarovsk is located just 19 miles from the Chinese border and is well over 5,000 miles away from Moscow.
Newsflash folks; Russia is BIG.
Backtracking a little, Farfan played 90 minutes for Lokomotiv in their derby clash against CSKA on November 5 – a 2-2 draw.
Less than a week later, he was part of the Peru side that travelled to New Zealand to play out a 0-0 draw in the first-leg of their World Cup play-off.
In the second leg – played five days later at the Estadio Nacional de Lima in Peru – he scored the opener in their historic 2-0 win, sending La Blanquirroja to their first World Cup in 36 years.
He then missed Lokomotiv’s league game against Anzhi Makhachkala (remember them?) three days later – can’t say we blame him – before scoring both goals in their 2-1 win over FC Copenhagen in the Europa League last night.
All-in-all, that’s around 28,000 air miles over 19 days.
We tried to work it out exactly, but Google Maps started to hurt our head.
Lokomotiv’s manager Yuri Semin summed it up nicely, though.
Speaking to Russian media after the game, he said: “Jefferson Farfan is travelling as much as an astronaut lately – from Russia to Peru, from Peru to New Zealand and back.
“He was fine and prepared for the match, he showed strong-willed efforts.
“In football, the one who plays with the soul wins.”