August 17, 2022

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The start of Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic on the bench

Chelsea will face Club America on their first pre-season outing and confirmed team news will come from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Club America has already started in the 2022/23 season, having played three matches – W1, D1, L1 – while Chelsea They just started their preparations before Premier League Opener in three weeks time against Everton.

Thomas Tuchel is Expect a fierce battle Against the Liga MX team, he admitted in his pre-match press conference: “I don’t have a complete overview of the Mexican League to be very frank, but of course we are analyzing this opponent.

“At this moment in pre-season it is also time to focus on us, give our players and put us in full support and focus.

“The MLS is already playing so they are in a different physical position than us and they are usually a very physical and very aggressive team. Let’s see with the big names and big personalities how this works out but we expect an intense match.”

Here is the confirmed team news from Las Vegas as Chelsea welcome Club America.

Chelsea

Starting from the eleventh: Kepa, Shaluba, Silva, Sarr, Hudson-Odoi, Barkley, Gallagher, Chilwell, Ziech, Havertz, Kennedy

seat: Betinelli, Alonso, Ampadu, Azpilicueta, James, Mount, Pulisic, Batshuayi, Werner

America Club

seat: Jimenez, Sanchez, S Martinez, Araujo, Campos, Fuentes, R Martinez, Moreno, Lara, Valdes, Zendegas, Rodriguez

Thiago Silva leads Chelsea in defence, joining alongside Malang Sar and Trivoh Shaluba.

Kepa Arrizabalaga starts in goal, while Marcos Pettinelli sits on the bench.

Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech in an attack with Kennedy. Conor Gallagher, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley also got the nod, as did Ben Chilwell.

Christian Pulisic starts on the bench. It’s a solid bench seat for Tuchel, with Mason Mount, Reece James and Timo Werner all together.

Billy Gilmore, Harvey Valli, Tino Ungorin and Edward Mindy are four not on the tour’s lineup, along with Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Armando Bruga. Also absent Mateo Kovacic and Levi Colwell.