Udinese v Chelsea, Friendly: Preview, team news, how to watch

Chelsea’s fourth and final pre-season game of the summer sees us take on Udinese for some light entertainment on a Friday night in Udine. The Friday night lightsif you want, though hopefully without a dumb season two murder subplot.

While the decision to stage another friendly away from Stamford Bridge is debatable, this one at least isn’t halfway around the world, nor is it part of a grueling two-week tour to triple digit temperatures. So hopefully we can put in the right amount of effort and commitment and enter the season proper on a high note.

It’s still only pre-season and if we’re going to be absolute pants then now is the time to do it, but it would be nice to see any improvement.

Date hour : Saturday, July 30, 2022, 8:00 p.m. BST; 3 p.m. EDT; 00:30 IST (next day)
Venue: Stadium Friuli, Udine, Italy
Provide: Warm with a risk of thunderstorms

On TV: nothing (UK); nothing (UNITED STATES); nothing (India); nothing (NGA); somewhere else
Diffusion: ESPN+ (US); Chelsea website and 5th Stand app (UK and International – anywhere without local broadcast rights holders)

Udinese Team News: Udinese finished 12th last season, equaling their best result in nine years. Gone are the exhilarating days of regular participation in European competitions!

New head coach Andrea Sottil took charge last month on his first high-level appointment and will have the difficult task of trying to improve his fortunes, especially after the departure of one of his best players, Argentinian international Nahuel Molina, for Atlético Madrid earlier this week.

This is Udinese’s seventh (7th!) pre-season friendly, they have won three of the previous six. Their season starts the week after ours, so they could still squeeze a few more (not counting the second friendly against second-string Chelsea, behind closed doors on Saturday).

Chelsea team news: As revealed by Thomas Tuchel, we will be taking everyone we can get on the plane to play not one but two games against Udinese, although only the first of these will be televised and therefore will likely involve the players. of first choice.

Since returning from the tour, we have welcomed N’Golo Kanté and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who had missed the trip because they did not meet the entry requirements for vaccination in the United States, as well as Armando Broja, who got off his feet. wound.

Many players are looking to leave and Chelsea seem far from finished in the transfer market, but these are the players we will have to rely on at least at the very start of the season. Let’s see them step up today!

Previously: Chelsea have never faced Udinese in a competitive game, but we did meet in the 2001-02 pre-season with Ranieri’s Blues settling for a Draw 1-1. The match was notable for being one of the first involving Frank Lampard, and also for Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink receiving a red card for a clash with the aforementioned Andrea Sottil.

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