Time for preseason match number two, and the second trial for Maurizio Sarri’s system.
Chelsea haven’t had too much additional time to practice it since playing in Australia on Monday. The squad flew home on Tuesday, had the day off on Wednesday (with some going to Cesc Fabregas’s wedding celebration thing, too), trained on Thursday, then flew down to Nice on Friday. So that’s maybe three training sessions, perhaps four if they got one in this morning.
Not much, but better than nothing. Let’s see where we are now, fitness- and tactics-wise.
Here we go.
Roman Abramovich is in attendance at today's match against Inter. He met with Maurizio Sarri ahead of the game in Nice. #CFC— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) July 28, 2018
Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Bulka | Alonso, Ampadu, David Luiz, Zappacosta | Fabregas (c), Jorginho, Barkley | Hudson-Odoi, Morata, Pedro
Substitutes from: Caballero, Green, Rudiger, Moses, Emerson, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Musonda, Piazon, Abraham
Inter Milan starting lineup: tba
Substitutes from: tba
Date / Time: Saturday, July 28, 2018, 20:05 local time (19:05 BST; 2:05pm EDT)
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice, France
On TV: Premier Sports (UK); ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online: Premier Player (UK only); WatchESPN, ESPN+ (USA only); Chelsea TV (audio commentary only — full video replay tomorrow morning)