Werder Bremen vs Chelsea
Sunday, 3rd August
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has named a strong side for the pre-season clash with Werder Bremen in Germany.
As well as new signings getting the nod from the outset, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been preferred between the sticks ahead of veteran Czech international Petr Cech. It will be the young Belgian’s first ever appearance for the club.
In defence, full-back Felipe Luis starts on one flank with Cesar Azpilicueta on the other. Young Kurt Zouma will get another chance to impress alongside captain John Terry at the heart of defence.
Marco van Ginkel and Nemanja Matic also start for the Blues, along with Mohamed Salah and Cesc Fabregas in what looks like a 4-4-2 formation for the travelling Premier League side.
That leaves a front two of Fernando Torres and Diego Costa, with the Spanish international duo paired together in a potentially potent attack that promises goals.
Chelsea Team Sheet
Courtois, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry (c), Luis, Van Ginkel, Matic, Salah, Fabregas, Torres, Costa.
SUBS: Cech, Ivanovic, Ake, Hazard, Mikel, Drogba, Cahill, Chalobah, Baker, Christensen, Boga, Solanke.
That also means that there is a very strong bench for Chelsea, with Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill two of the defenders available to Mourinho.
Eden Hazard is also an option further up the field, whilst Didier Drogba could make his long-awaited return for the Blues after agreeing a one-year contract at Stamford Bridge.