Chelsea will look to make it two wins in a row when they take on Charlotte FC in their second pre-season friendly at the Bank of America Stadium in North Carolina during the early hours of Thursday, July 21. The match will kick off at 5:00 AM IST.
Fresh off from a narrow 2-1 win over Club America, Thomas Tuchel’s side will have two new additions to the team; Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly. The two high-profile signings will look to make a positive start for their new club against Charlotte FC.
Meanwhile, Tuchel also has a number of young players waiting in line for their chance. The likes of Conor Gallagher and Ethan Ampadu, having just returned from their successful loan tenure, will want to get much-needed playing time on Thursday.
It’s important to note that Chelsea are missing N'Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek on tour as the duo missed the trip due to their COVID-19 vaccination status.
Meanwhile, Tuchel is expected to make plenty of changes to his team that played Club America last time out. This potentially means Mason Mount, Reece James, Jorginho and Edouard Mendy could make it to the starting XI.
Furthermore, if Koulibaly starts, one can expect him to line up alongside Trevoh Chalobah and Thiago Silva in a back three.
Chelsea squad vs Charlotte FC
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli, Edouard Mendy, Teddy Sharman-Lowe
Defenders: Marcos Alonso, Ethan Ampadu, Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, Levi Colwill, Reece James, Kenedy, Emerson, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Conor Gallagher, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Harvey Vale
Forwards: Tino Anjorin, Michy Batshuayi, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Raheem Sterling
Where to watch Chelsea vs Charlotte FC pre-season friendly live in India?
Live streaming of Chelsea vs Charlotte FC pre-season friendly will be available on Chelsea’s official website. Indian users will not be able to watch the game on Chelsea’s official app, The 5th Stand.
There will be no live telecast of the Chelsea vs Charlotte FC pre-season friendly on any TV channel in India.
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