Chelsea will begin their pre-season schedule with a clash against Mexican side Club America in Las Vegas this weekend.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues finished third in the Premier League last season and were beaten by Liverpool in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals.
The West Londoners will be eager to improve this season and will begin their preparations in the United States in earnest.
Chelsea will face Arsenal in Orlando later this month, but will face Club America and Charlotte FC first.
The Premier League giants are in Sin City first and will be keen to get their tour off to a good start.
Chelsea v Club America: Start date and time
This pre-season friendly match will take place onSunday July 17.
The game takes place at the 65,000 capacity Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
It will start at 3am UK time.
Chelsea v Club America: TV Channel and Live Stream
This pre-season fixture will be streamed live on Chelsea’s website and on their ‘The 5th Stand’ app.
talkSPORT will receive regular updates from the USA throughout the day, while talkSPORT.com will also react to the tie.
To tune into talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
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Chelsea v Club America: Team News
N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek did not travel due to their Covid vaccination status while Armando Broja flew in to join the team after missing the initial flight.
It was feared he was injured but Tuchel confirmed he was fine after being spotted in a protective boot.
New signing Raheem Sterling could make his debut after taking part in pre-season training this week.
Conor Gallagher, Billy Gilmour and Michy Batshuayi are among the players who were loaned out last season but are now back with the Blues.
- 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 Palmieri, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva
- Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Conor Gallagher, Billy Gilmour, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Harvey Vale
- Forwards: Tino Anjorin, Michy Batshuayi, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech
Chelsea v Club America: What was said?
Chelsea star Mason Mount: “It’s only been three weeks off, so you don’t lose too much, and I always like to keep moving forward a bit by training. In Portugal, with the Under-23s of Chelsea when they were there, I took part in a little shooting practice with them.
“When you keep spinning, it helps when you come back for the first time that you don’t feel too behind. There is a group that came back before us and trained last week so they are in good shape.
“I was just buzzing about coming back with the boys, coming back with all the staff, really getting back to working hard and getting the season started. We have a few good games here in America, a few good weeks, so we’re going to take advantage of that.
“I would never set myself a target to win Player of the Year. I set targets for what I want to achieve in terms of goals, assists and competition as a team.
“If I achieve these goals, I know that my level will be high and that I will perform well. That’s what I watch and when I sit down before a season and try to set my goals, I want to do more. This has always been my goal and my focus before a season.
Thomas Tuchel said in his press conference: Pre-season is the time to focus on us, to give our players our full attention. They are in a different physical situation than ours with their season. So let’s see how it works. We expect an intense game tomorrow.
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