Thomas Tuchel & co. will trip to south coast of England to take on Bournemouth in their second pre-season friendly match of the summer on Tuesday evening at the Vitality stadium.
The Blues head into the game aiming of continued their momentum run form, after ended their opening pre-season friendlies match in highly figures, with stars like Pulisic, Abraham on target while Hakim Ziyech marked his debut in Blues’ shirt this summer with an hat-rick.
After a couple of training session at Cobham training base, Tuchel’s squad started their pre-season friendly campaign with a 6-1 victory over Championship side Peterborough United, Although the match was played in a behind-closed-doors.
Tammy Abraham put the Blues ahead before Christian Pulisic double it before the half-time, Hakim Ziyech then came off the bench to scored hat-trick while Broja also on target against the Championship side 10 days ago.
Thomas Tuchel’s men, then trip to Ireland Dublin for another series of training session, in which contest likes closed doors against Drogheda United supposed to be followed.
However, after couple of days training session in Dublin, match between the Blues and Irish outfit cancelled because of Covid-19 case within the group, and as result of that the Blues to play another 90-minute between themselves, in which Hudson-Odoi and Broja on target for both parties.
The Champions League holder, then returned to Stamford Bridge to continued their preparations for upcoming campaign, and before 2021/22 campaign start, Tuchel’s men still have four matches to play in hope of using this fixtures to build thier fitness before new season begins.
From this evening, Thomas Tuchel’s men will starting the contest were mentioned above. The Blues will lock horns with Championship side Bournemouth, who led by former west London star Scott Parker, who signed a three-year deal with the Cherries.
Heading into the game, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner all returned to Chelsea training on Saturday.
However, those six players will almost certainly miss the trip to the South coast, handing further opportunities to members of the squad who did not feature in a major tournament this summer.
Edouard Mendy, Marcos Alonso, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Tammy Abraham should all start on Tuesday evening.
When is the game?
Tuesday, 27 July – 7:45pm kick-off (UK time)
Do I have to pay for it?
No, the game will be a free live stream.
How can I watch the game live?
Full Chelsea squad available to face Bournemouth:
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalga, Jamie Cumming, Lucas Bergstrom
Defenders: Dujon Sterling, Davide Zappacosta, Trevoh Chalobah, Jake Clarke-Salter, Malang Sarr, Matt Miazga, Marcos Alonso, Baba Rahman
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Conor Gallagher, Lewis Baker
Wingers: Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Charly Musonda, Hakim Ziyech
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Ike Ugbo, Armando Broja
As you know, Edouard Mendy yet to make any appearances for Chelsea since they started their pre-season campaign, despite the Senegal international take part in the Blues’ couples of weeks training session.
As a result of that, the shot-stopper is expected to be in line-up against the Cherries while Kepa Arrizabalaga and Jamie Cumming should be back-up option for Thomas Tuchel.
As for the centre-back unit, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva are not available for match, means Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Jake Clarke-Salter, Malang Sarr and Matt Miazga should be options for Thomas Tuchel, who keen on getting his squad back on shape before start new campaign.
On to right-wing back and left-wing back, there’s a lot of options for Thomas too, Davide Zappacosta, who has been impressed in Chelsea’s last couples of games alongside Marcos Alonso, Baba Rahman, are all available for selection.
As for the midfield options, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho are not available, means stars like Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Conor Gallagher and Lewis Baker will handed another opportunities to impresss Thomas Tuchel.
Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Charly Musonda, Hakim Ziyech will battle for right-wing flank and left-wing flank since Kai Havertz and Mason Mount are not available for the selection.
As for the centre-forward, Tammy Abraham, Ike Ugbo, Armando Broja, are all available for the selection while Timo Werner missed out because of among nine players that just started their pre-season campaign last Saturday at Cobham.
Chelsea Possible Starting Lineup: Edouard Mendy; Malang Sarr, Matt Miazga, Baba Rahman, Davide Zappacosta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham