Chelsea vs Fiorentina: Match Preview
After a disappointing Community Shield defeat to London rivals Arsenal, Chelsea will look to make to make the most of their last pre-season friendly, to try and get back in shape before the Premier League.
TEAM NEWS, INJURY UPDATES AND SUSPENSIONS
Chelsea are still unsure of Costa being fully fit, and it is unlikely that he will play a part. The rest of the squad are fit and available for selection. Falcao and Begovic are likely to start.
Forward Guiseppe Rossi is still recovering from injury and is expected to come off the bench at some point. Young forward Bernardeschi will definitely start.
The Blues looked totally out of shape in their 1-0 defeat against the Gunners, and this match will be all about getting fitness back. After an extended break after winning the Premier League title, most of the Chelsea players look rusty and off. With only 4 more days to go until the start of the campaign, Jose Mourinho will be looking to give his regular players as many minutes as possible.
Fiorentina are in an upbeat mood after beating Barcelona in their last pre-season friendly. With Serie A still a couple of weeks away, Fiorentina will be looking to continue their good pre-season form, and will certainly be up at it against Chelsea.
Chelsea and Fiorentina have never met before in any format, and this will be their first match against each other.
PREDICTED STARTING LINE UPS
Chelsea: Begovic (GK), Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard, Cuadrado, Falcao
Fiorentina: Tatarusanu (GK), Pasqual, Roncaglia, Rodriguez, Tomovic, Suarez, Valero, Rebic, Babacar, Joaquin, Bernardeschi
Chelsea 1-1 Fiorentina
Time: 2000 GMT/ 0015 IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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