Chelsea get their pre-season friendlies underway on Saturday when they host Peterborough United at their Cobham training base on Saturday.
The match will be played at the training ground and will be behind closed doors, with the match not being streamed for fans to watch and there will unlikely be any highlights either.
The Championship side will train at Cobham on Friday ahead of the game being played tomorrow, with the Posh having expected to play an intra-squad friendly this weekend instead before Chelsea came calling.
For Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel, it will be the first time that he will get to see some of his returning loan players and youngsters in match action since he joined the club in January.
The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Baba Rahman, Ross Barkley, Davide Zappacosta, Danny Drinkwater, Malang Sarr and Conor Gallagher will be hoping to get some game time this weekend as they try and force their way into Tuchel’s Premier League thoughts for the upcoming season.
Youngsters Dujon Sterling, Armando Broja, Tino Anjorin, Trevoh Chalobah and Lewis Baker could also feature in what will be a very experimental side Tuchel puts out.
Many Blues supporters will be hoping to see Charly Musonda in action, who hasn’t played back-to-back games in four years after struggling with injury.
One player who will not be involved is Marc Guehi, who is on the verge of completing a permanent move to Crystal Palace on a five-year deal having reportedly turned down fresh terms in west London.
It is understood that Chelsea have inserted a matching right into any deal for Guehi if he moves on after Palace, meaning his former club would have the right to match any tabled bid for the centre back in the future.
There aren’t many senior players at the club as it stands with most of them on their holidays following the international tournaments this summer but Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Marcos Alonso, Kepa, Edouard Mendy, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi are.
Whether Tuchel plans to play some of his Champions League winners this weekend isn’t known or whether he will use the match to simply look at those players who were away last season or with the academy coming through.
Whatever the case, it is expected to be a very different side to one that we are used to seeing from Chelsea and Tuchel.
Therefore, predicting a team is borderline impossible but hey, we thought we’d have a go and here is what we have come up with:
Cumming; Zappacosta, Sarr, Clarke-Salter, Rahman; Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley; Musonda, Anjorin, Abraham.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Tuchel named two different elevens for each half against the Posh, which is something plenty of managers do in pre-season in order to get as many players as many minutes as possible during their first run-out of the summer.
While the team above is very much a prediction, as is the 4-3-3 formation we have gone for, it could of course be very different with Tuchel having 28 players to pick from for the game.
Chelsea will head off for a training camp in Ireland early next week where they are expected to play another friendly before returning to England and facing Bournemouth in a third pre-season match on July 27 at the Vitality Stadium.
It’s then on to The Mind Series, a triangular tournament against Arsenal and Spurs with the Blues travelling to the Emirates on August 1 and hosting their north London rivals three days later.
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