The Blues are travelling to Japan to face Kawasaki and Barcelona in preseason friendlies.
The Chelsea Squad got on a plane to Japan today en route to their preseason friendlies. Many familiar faces are travelling as part of Frank Lampard’s team, with some noteworthy players left out and others joining up later.
Here is the 25-man squad presumed to be on their way to Japan as we speak:
- Goalkeepers – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming
- Defenders – Marcos Alonso, Ethan Ampadu, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Emerson, David Luiz, Fikayo Tomori, Davide Zappacosta, Kurt Zouma
- Midfielders – Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Kasey Palmer
- Forwards – Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi, Olivier Giroud, Kenedy, Pedro
Players who seem to be on their way out like Bakayoko and Drinkwater still apart of the squad, so it will be interesting to see how they are used in these preseason friendlies. On a personal note, I feel that both Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour filling squad spots during the season would learn and develop, and ultimately be more beneficial.
The two noteworthy players missing from this squad are both Billy Gilmour and Ian Maatsen, two players who showed quite well in their minutes in the Ireland friendlies. However due to both of their Visas being submitted too late, they were unable to travel to Japan.
However I think it’s fairly safe to say that they are still under Frank’s radar, and may very well have travelled to Japan if allowed.
Christian Pulisic is set to join the squad tomorrow, with little to no break in between his Gold Cup performance and his time with the club. It seems that he is eager to get started, and our manager had some nice things to say about that.
“Christian joins us on Tuesday. He’s had a short break and he wants to get back with the group quickly, which I certainly appreciate. It’s a big move for him to a huge club and he’s a top young player who is only going to go one way in terms of his career. I haven’t met him, I’ve spoken to him, but he made a good impression straight away.” – Frank
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Antonio Rudiger, and Reece James are continuing their rehabilitation at Cobham.
The Blues will face Kawasaki on Friday the 19th, and Barcelona on Tuesday the 23rd.
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