Why did Chelsea play twice in a row against Udinese?

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Less than a day after the final whistle on Friday, Chelsea and Udinese returned to the Stadio Friuli for a rematch just as thrilling as the first. Here, find out the reason why the two clubs faced off again in just two days.

Chelsea's Raheem Sterling
© Jacob Kupferman/Getty ImagesChelsea’s Raheem Sterling

chelsea play Udinese in what was thought to be the last of the Blues 2022 Pre-Season Friendly Club Friday, July 29. As a result, the stakes couldn’t seem higher despite the Premier League’s first competition ball of the season yet to be kicked.

The disorganized performance in Orlando, USA against Arsenal mostly fits that. Needless to say, comparisons were made between Thomas Tuchel and an irritated Jose Mourinho before the disastrous 2015/16 season due to his combative demeanor.

Fans of the London-based side fear the squad are unprepared for next season due to the fact that they only have four tune-up games scheduled and another intensive campaign is underway , which includes a World Cup. Despite Friday’s game being a chance to provide some much-needed optimism.

The reason behind Chelsea vs Udinese clash rematch

Friday evening at the Dacia stadium, Chelsea played their fourth pre-season game and left with a 3-1 win, which was both necessary and well deserved. N’Golo Kante scored the game’s first goal and Raheem Sterling added another in the 37th minute.

However, Gerard Deulofeu took advantage of an error by Edouard Mendy to close the gap to one goal just before half-time. Mason Mount’s late goal was created by Callum Hudson-Odoi, who came on as a substitute. There were nine players who were not included in the first roster announcement on Friday.

This is because the West Londoners had actually prepared for a rematch with the same team within hours. As a result, for the first meeting between the two teams, players Armando Broja, Conor Gallagher, Ethan Ampadu, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Trevoh Chalobah, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were not included in the final. List of 17 men.

Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi were apparently making progress in negotiations with Everton, which may explain why they weren’t included in the traveling squad. No one can say that about the aforementioned Blues players as there are no exit rumors on the horizon for any of them. On Saturday morning, they all went to the field.

Indeed, as the official Udinese website explained, the teams played a second’training match behind closed doors One against the other. In their last exhibition game before the regular season, Tuchel’s players beat the Bianconeri with a final result of 2-0 at the Dacia Arena on Saturday.

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