We had been expecting Chelsea to officially announce the addition of a sixth match to the pre-season schedule, set to take place after the USA Tour on the weekend before the start of the Premier League, for some time now, so the club's announcement this morning was not a surprise.
What was a major surprise however was that the friendly will NOT be against CSKA Moscow but rather against Werder Bremen, who played host to a certain Papy Djilobodji for part of last season!
The final leg of the squad’s match preparations for the forthcoming season has been confirmed... https://t.co/0Sd1uIxTbv— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 17, 2016
So instead of traveling to Russia, Chelsea will only be going as far as Germany in a repeat of the fixture two seasons ago that the Blues actually ended up losing 3-0.
It's unclear what happened to the rumored fixture against CSKA Moscow, which was set to be another stadium-opening match. Perhaps it was just speculation all along.
Regardless, here's how the schedule looks for the 2016-17 preseason.
Saturday, July 16, 17:00 BST: vs. Rapid Vienna in Wien, Austria (2-0 loss)
Wednesday, July 20, 20:00 BST: vs. RZ Pellets WAC in Klagenfurt, Austria
Wednesday, July 28, 11pm EDT: vs. Liverpool in Pasadena, CA, USA
Saturday, July 30, 3pm EDT: vs. Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Wednesday, August 3, 9pm EDT: vs. AC Milan in Minneapolis, MN, USA
Sunday, August 7, 14:00 BST: vs. Werder Bremen in Bremen, Germany