Final friendly of pre-season!
Chelsea head to Germany on Friday to play Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in what is their final friendly of pre-season. Monchengladbach finished 5th in the Bundesliga last season after an impressive campaign under manager Marco Rose. Borussia have played 5 friendlies in their pre-season so far having won the first four but losing the last one to Athletic Bilbao. The Bundesliga starts a week after the Premier League and so Borussia still have another game after this although that comes in the DFB Pokal.
Chelsea had a great attacking performance against Red Bull Salzburg as 5 goals were put past the Austrian team. The defence was shaky in the second half and 3 were conceded although they were silly goals. Pulisic, Barkley, and Kovacic were all players that stood out on the day and so hopefully they and the team will be looking to finish pre-season on a high.
Chelsea Team Preview
Lampard should travel with the same squad to Germany although players that might leave on loan could be left behind while Kante could be taken along. The lineup should be fairly familiar although I would like to see Christensen and Zouma play together in defence. Kante might feature but due to lack of fitness it looks like Kovacic and Jorginho will be our first choice pivot against United. Pulisic and Barkley were great in the last game and Pedro scored a beautiful goal but did not do much else and so I would like to see Mount come in for him. Mount is able to play on the left wing and Pulisic can play on the right and the two can interchange at times with Barkley in the CAM position. Finally Tammy played well but Michy came off the bench to score a goal and so Michy deserves a start against Monchengladbach. One expect to see substitutions late in the second half as this game is the last one before United next weekend.
Starting XI Prediciton
Let’s cap of a good pre-season with a win! COME ON YOU BLUES!!!