CHE vs BAR Dream11 Team: Chelsea continue their visit of Japan as they get ready to play their second pre-season match in the country against Barcelona
Europa league winner and Premier League side Chelsea are set to continue their pre-season preparations as they take on Barcelona today in their fourth match of the schedule. Having travelled to Japan to engage with their supporter base in the base and play in a slew of pre-season encounters, the side take on Barcelona today in what is arguably their biggest high profile match slated till now.
Having lost to a domestic side in their previous fixture, one that saw Chelsea concede right in the end to go down 1-0, the English side will be looking to put in a more decisive display when it comes to the front of the pitch. For Chelsea, the imminent 2019-20 season of the Premier League promises to be one of the most intriguing ones till yet with the club undergoing through a host of changes over the last couple of month.
With manager Maurizio Sarri leaving for Juventus after getting an irresistible offer to return to his home, for Chelsea the focus once again lay on who to hand over the mantle of being manager for them. And the side turned to one of their finest players ever, Frank Lampard to come in and guide the side under his tutelage for the imminent season after the midfielder had enjoyed compelling success in his first year as a manager with Derby County.
And with a two window transfer ban being slapped on the club as well owing to discrepancies whilst signing players, getting in Lampard looks to be the most ideal move by the club. Having been associated with Chelsea for a long time, Lampard is not only well-versed with the workings and functionings of the club but also knows the young players and who will be the ideal players to be entrusted to make the progression to the main team.
What was a major blow to Chelsea though was left-winger Eden Hazard leaving the club for Real Madrid. Although well known with Hazard clearly citing his ambition to play for the side over the course of the last year, with a transfer ban, Hazard’s departure has seriously hurt Chelsea. With a dearth of goals their main concern, the club will now be looking to turn to new signing Christian Pulisic and returning striker Michy Batshauyi to help fill in the gaping holes of their attacking facet.
Elsewhere for Barcelona, the build up to their first match of the pre-season schedule has been one embroiled in unsavoury incidents off the field. The club have been lambasted by Atletico Madrid for the way they picked up Antoine Griezmann from the club, a move they went for following their stunning upset at the hands of Liverpool in the Champions League.
Barcelona Vs Chelsea Match Prediction
The identity of this may be a pre-season match but the intent with which it’s going to be played will be much more than that. Chelsea in a clear jibe taken at Barcelona preceding the encounter reminded the club of how they’ve squandered massive leads to Roma and Liverpool recently, providing the perfect platform for this match to be contested competitively.
Both sides will look to continue to test their side, new combinations and signings against a Champions league calibre opponent today and expect either side to ring in the changes in each half. What tilts the balance in Chelsea’s favour is the fact that they’ve already gotten their preparations underway and achieved a good level of fitness, something which should see them come out of this with a win.
Goal-Keeper for CHE vs BAR Dream11
Chelsea’ Kepa Arrizabalaga comes in for us for this one. He started the previous match in the country and is more than likely set to be a part of the playing 11 for this fixture as well. The world’s most expensive goal-keeper enthralled with some solid performances last year and expect him to continue in the same tone today as well.
Defenders for CHE vs BAR Dream11
The one thing which has emerged clearly from Frank Lampard’s initial games in change is the fact that he likes to massively involve the fullbacks in his game and see them be involved in attacks on a constant basis. It’s something leftback Marcos Alonso alluded to recently as well and this sees us get in both of Chelsea’s fullbacks in the form of Alonso and captain Cesar Azpilicueta for this one.
From Barcelona we have gone ahead with Sergio Roberto for the match.
Midfielders for CHE vs BAR Dream11
One player who the club would be looking to, to solve their goal scoring problems in the upcoming campaign will be new singing Christian Pulisic. Chelsea are in dire need of someone who can take the onus on himself of delivering an incisive performance and come up with goals at crucial junctures and Pulisic’s role and performance will continue to be monitored today by the club.
We have also picked up Mason Mount for this one. The most attacking of midfielders in Lampard’s formation at the moment, this could well prove to be a breakthrough year for the young player and with a couple of goals already scored in the last few matches, Mount will be looking to resonate the same displays.
From Barcelona we have picked up their new signing Frankie de Jong Ivan Rakitic.
Strikers for CHE vs BAR Dream11
One area where Chelsea have massively struggled to address over the course of the last two years has been their strike force. Michy Batshauyi finally looks set to get a long season of playing time under Lampard and with Giroud having signed a new contract with the club, this duo currently holds the identity of a striking partnership which in between them can prove to be successful for the club.
They both come in for us while Antoine Griezmann has been picked up by us from Barcelona.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We are making Olivier Giroud are captain for this match while it’s Mason Mount who is selected as the vice-captain.
Probable Playing 11
Ter Stegen, Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, De Jong, Malcom, Griezmann, Dembélé
Kepa, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Zouma, Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud, Pulisic
Match: Barcelona Vs Chelsea
Date And Time: 23rd July, Tuesday- 4:00pm IST
Venue: Saitama Stadium 2002, Tokyo, Japan
Where To Watch: ChelseaTV