Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from the surprise 3-0 defeat to Werder Bremen in somewhat unusual circumstances. The Blues could in fact get back on track in their pre-season preparations with two wins in 90 minutes. They take on Fenerbahce and Besiktas in two 45 minute charity matches, raising funds for the families affected by the Soma mining disaster.
In May, 301 miners lost their lives after an explosion trapped 787 workers underground. All of the proceeds from Friday’s mini-tournament will be donated to the families.
For Chelsea, not only is it a chance to raise money for a good cause, it is the chance to get pre-season back on track. The 3-0 defeat to Bremen will have come as a shock to many, following a string of impressive performances in earlier warm up games. Despite the (more than) questionable penalty decisions, there was a lack of energy and flair going forward. With a few of the World Cup players returning from holiday, notably some key attacking talent, Jose Mourinho will be hoping to see much more from his side going forward.
Chelsea will face familiar opposition in the 45 minutes against Fenerbahce. Raul Meireles and Demba Ba are likely to face the Blues. We last faced Fenerbahce in the Champions League in 2008. And it’s been more than 10 years since Chelsea met Besiktas – losing the home group game of the Champions League, and winning the away tie (although it was played in Germany).
The Belgian duo of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard are likely to get more minutes on the pitch having returned from their post World Cup break, as is the returning Andre Schurrle, fresh from setting up the World Cup winning goal for Germany. The Brazilian trio of Oscar, Willian and Ramires are also back in the squad after their dismal World Cup campaign which ended in that 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Germany.