Friday, September 29, 2023

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund LIVE: Blues conclude pre-season tour in USA – UK kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Chelsea will finish their pre-season preparations with a clash against Borussia Dortmund in America tonight.

Mauricio Pochettino has enjoyed an unbeaten start to life as Blues boss and oversaw victory in the inaugural Premier League Summer Series.

Chelsea opened up their tour of the USA with a 5-0 win over Wrexham before they beat fellow top-flight opposition Brighton and Fulham in between a 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

They now face their biggest pre-season test to date against Dortmund, ahead of their Premier League opener next weekend.

Bundesliga giants Dortmund have won all five of their friendlies this summer and beat Manchester United 3-2 last time out.

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund: Date and how to follow

This pre-season friendly will take place on Thursday, August 3.

It is taking place at 61,500 capacity Soldier Field in Chicago and kick-off is scheduled for 1:30am UK time.

It will be broadcast live on Chelsea’s website and their ‘The 5th Stand’ app.

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Moukoko scored the winner against United as Dortmund continued their fine form in the post-Jude Bellingham era

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Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund: Team news

The Blues are sweating on the fitness of Trevor Chalobah after he picked up a knock in the win over Fulham.

Wesley Fofana is already out after he suffered another ACL injury, while Armando Broja and Benoit Badiashile are both still sidelined.

Monaco star Axel Disasi will unlikely not be signed in time to make his debut as he puts the finishing touches on a £38.5million move.

Noni Madueke and Mykhailo Mudryk both still being used sparingly following their exploits at the Under-21 European Championships.

The trio of Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all set to miss out as well as they finalize transfers away.

Dortmund have several injuries of their own, with both Nico Schlotterbeck and Julien Duranville in the treatment room.

Jackson is already proving to be a big hit at Chelsea

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund: What has been said?

Pochettino shared his delight at Chelsea’s triumph in the Premier League Summer Series but claimed that he is now focusing on the new season.

“Always it is good to win, I am so pleased again with the performance and the work of the players from the start,” Pochettino said.

“It is a busy time but I think we are doing a good job, the players and the staff.

“It has been a busy four games in a very short period of time and now we play in Chicago against Dortmund and we need to continue.

“We keep going and prepare the team to arrive in the best condition for the Premier League.”

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Chelsea’s final pre-season fixture in the USA sees them take on Borussia Dortmund in a mouth-watering encounter ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.

Frank Lampard’s side have had an impressive pre-season so far, impressing against English opposition during their tour of Japan, Ireland and now America.

As the curtain comes down on their pre-season preparations, the Blues will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record and add one more scalp to their collection as they take on some of the more illustrious sides on the world stage.

Borussia Dortmund pose a significant challenge. With the Bundesliga season already underway, Dortmund have been in impressive form, having won three and drawn one of their opening games.

The two sides have never faced each other in a competitive match before, but have met in friendly matches in the past.

The showdown between the two teams will take place at the National Stadium in Indianapolis; kick-off for UK viewers is scheduled for 8 p.m. GMT.

Team news for the fixture looks set to be positive for the Blues. With Christian Pulisic side-lined with an injury, Callum Hudson-Odoi is likely to lead the attack, supported by Mason Mount and Ross Barkley.

At the back, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are expected to form the central defensive partnership, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso providing the defensive width from fullback.

The much vaunted trio of Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer will pose a major threat for Dortmund, with the former particularly impressing against the Blues in the past.

The match will not be shown live on UK television, but fans can follow all the action on the club’s official Twitter account.

This promises to be an interesting match between two top sides in the mainstream of European club football, each keen to underline their credentials ahead of the new season.

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