After a short return to England following the preseason tour of Asia, Chelsea have set out for the other side of the world to take on some slightly better competition. They'll be taking a far more experienced group to the US, as the players involved in the Confederations Cup have now returned to training. Here's what you need to know to get you ready for this game.
Date/Time: August 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm EDT (August 2 at 01:00 BST)
Opponent/SB Nation Blog: Internazionale (Serie A, 9th place finish in 2012/13), The Offside Inter Milan
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Television Information: The US games will be far easier for most fans to follow, as they are getting far more television coverage throughout the world. The UK doesn't appear to have you covered, but there are online options which you can find below. In the US, viewers can choose between Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN Deportes. SuperSport 3 has you covered throughout most of Africa, while Al Jazeera Sports and beIN 1 are also broadcasting the game in many nations. You can find the specifics of who is covering the game in your location here.
Streaming Information: Like the previous three friendlies, Chelsea TV will be streaming the game live in locations where they are permitted. US fans may have as many as 2 other options as well, with Fox Soccer 2 Go showing the game live for those of you paying for the service, and ESPN3 streaming the game as well.
Inter Squad: The Serie A side have brought the following players with them for their US tour:
Samir Handanovic, Luca Castellazzi, Juan Pablo Carrizo, Matías Silvestre, Jonathan, Javier Zanetti, Juan, Marco Andreolli, Hugo Campagnaro, Walter Samuel, Andrea Ranocchia, Cristian Chivu, Álvaro Pereira, Ibrahima Mbaye, Yuto Nagatomo,Ezequiel Schelotto, Mateo Kovacic, Ricardo Álvarez, Fredy Guarín, Gaby Mudingayi, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Esteban Cambiasso, Joel Obi, Ishak Belfodil, Rodrigo Palacio, Mauro Icardi, Diego Milito
Inter is managed by Walter Mazzarri, who replaced Andrea Stramaccioni on May 24, 2013.
Chelsea Squad: Chelsea brought the following group to the US:
Petr Cech, Mark Schwarzer, Henrique Hilario, Jamal Blackman, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Ryan Bertrand, Michael Essien, Ramires, Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Marco van Ginkel, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Oscar, Victor Moses, Andre Schurrle, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba
Chelsea is managed by Jose Mourinho, who took over for some other guy on June 3, 2013.
International Champions Cup Format: The 2013 International Champions Cup is a bracketed competition in which all teams will play three games apiece. All games will require a result due to the format of the tournament, but there will not be extra time played in any of the games. All games will consist of two 45-minute halves, and if there is not a winner after 90, the game will proceed directly to penalties.
As a friendly, this game means nothing as far as Chelsea's season is concerned. It will have some impact on the second game of their tour though, as their next opponent will be determined by the result. A win over Inter will see the Blues playing AC Milan on Sunday evening in NY, while a loss to Inter would see Chelsea meet Valencia several hours earlier in the day.
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