Chelsea friendlies: Every pre season fixture this summer listed
With the start of the Premier League now less than a month away, the pre-season fixtures are ramping up, and preparations are starting to take shape.
Chelsea are busy in the transfer market, with the sales of Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi and Olivier Giroud, the loan move for Billy Gilmour, and the pursuit of Erling Haaland, but the club also have some pre-season fixtures to prepare for.
With the most players at Euro 2020 of any club in the world, Chelsea have seen much of their Champions League winning squad slow to return to training, but with a bloated squad, and a plethora of players returning from loan spells away, they certainly have more than enough players at Cobham.
But what pre-season fixtures do they have?
Chelsea's pre-season friendlies
|17 July||Peterborough (h)||6-1 (Abraham, Pulisic, Ziyech x3, Broja)|
|27 July||Bournemouth (a)|
|1 August||Arsenal (a)|
|4 August||Tottenham (h)|
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Chelsea kicked off their pre-season fixtures with a behind-closed-doors friendly against Peterborough at Cobham. The game wasn't available to be watched live, and highlights haven't been released, but it is known that Hakim Ziyech scored a hat-trick, with Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic (P), and Armando Broja also on the scoresheet.
Peterborough had taken the lead through a penalty.
Chelsea's starting XI was as follows: Jamie Cumming; Trevoh Chalobah, Jake Clarke-Salter, Malang Sarr; Davide Zappacosta, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley, Marcos Alonso; Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham.
Thomas Tuchel did, however, make significant changes in the second half, with only goalkeeper Cumming playing more than 45 minutes.
The Blues will travel to face Bournemouth on 27 July, but with the majority of the squad still on holiday after a long season, it's expected that a similar group of players will take to the field.
Among them will likely be both Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who have returned from season-long loan spells and are looking to impress the new boss.
After the Bournemouth game, Chelsea will play both Arsenal and Tottenham as part of The Mind Series to help support better mental health. The three teams will play each other in front of packed crowds.
Secure your tickets for The Mind Series fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday 4 August.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 19, 2021
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By that time, the Blues will have welcomed back their Euro 2020 stars, with the likes of Jorginho and Mason Mount returning after taking part in the final.
With no major new signings, Chelsea fans won't get to see any new faces in pre-season, but with so many players back from loan spells, it'll be a chance to see some familiar players back in blue.
Chelsea will also play the UEFA Super Cup final against Villarreal on August 11, three days before the new Premier League season starts.