Chelsea squad will play their last club friendly tonight in Italy against Udinese FC before the resumption of premier League
As the start of the Premier League season approaches, the Blues face one final test as they go to Italy in hopes gather momentum into their opening game against Everton.
The last game Chelsea played was against fellow Premier League outfit Arsenal in the Florida Cup where the Gunners won conclusively 4-0.
The team are yet to find consistency so far this summer, with only one win in three games.
The outflowing of players such as Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen may have upset the balance of the team, but facing Udinese presents a chance for the London club to pull themselves together before the new season.
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neither N’Golo Kante nor Ruben Loftus-Cheek were able to travel to North America due to their COVID-19 vaccination status, but the pair could potentially be involved in this contest.
Armando Broja could also feature amid the speculation surrounding his future, but Kepa Arrizabalaga and Ross Barkley are fitness doubts for the Blues.
Koulibaly will be hoping to make his first start for Chelsea in a defence that could also include Ben Chilwell, who was rested last time out, while Mateo Kovacic could come into the midfield.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso continue to be linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge, and it remains to be seen whether either are considered for starts here.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; James, Koulibaly, T Silva, Chilwell; Jorginho, Gallagher; Mount, Havertz, Sterling; Pulisic
The two sides faced each other in a friendly over 20 years ago in 2001, where the score finished 1-1, where Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored the Blues’ only goal of the contest.
The game is set to be played at the Italian club’s home stadium, the Dacia Arena in Udine.