Chelsea could be about to play their biggest pre-season fixture in years – TCC View
Chelsea have endured an underwhelming pre-season tour of the United States so far.
An unconvincing victory over Club America was followed with a defeat to MLS outfit Charlotte, albeit coming via a penalty shootout.
Results have never been the key when in preparation for a new domestic season, however Chelsea fans having a look at their rival clubs’ results should be cause for concern.
Manchester United look a fluid attacking side under new manager Erik ten Hag, while Tottenham have seen both Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son firmly amongst the goals in their opening two fixtures.
Then there’s Arsenal, who have looked extremely impressive in their pre-season fixtures, mostly thanks to new signing and prior Chelsea target Gabriel Jesus. Blues fans will get a close-up of this when they face each other on Saturday night.
Chelsea preparing for massive fixture
With only 45 minutes combined played between the club’s two new signings during the tour, it is unclear so far how well they’ll settle into the side, particularly Kalidou Koulibaly who has no experience in the Premier League.
With those already arriving at the club, those who are yet to potentially confirm their deals, including Jules Kounde, will have even less time to prepare with their new teammates. There will be less than two weeks until the season begins when the London rivals kick-off this weekend.
The Gunners missed out on a top four finish on the final day of last season, and have spent well in the market in order to try and close that gap this season. They will also see the fixture against Thomas Tuchel’s men as an opportunity to see how they are looking ahead of their curtain-raiser against Crystal Palace.
Blues fans will not be blamed for feeling unprepared this close to the Premier League season, with no players currently featuring for more than 45 minutes at once. With a London derby meaning more to supporters no matter the occasion, it feels like this weekend’s fixture holds far more importance than your average friendly.