Friday evening at 17:00 (BST) Chelsea play away in the Amsterdam Arena against the side want away manager Martin Jol was confirmed to be staying at, Ajax. 

The friendly with Palace saw Essien’s goal scoring return to football, as well as Mikel, Sturridge, Sinclair and Di Santo all featuring for us.  It was announced that Alex is to join Petr Cech on the sidelines, with both out for about a month; this could pave the way for Bruma to start again.

How many of the first team will start is anyone’s guess, with two matches before the Community Shield and Carletto already aware of the strengths and weaknesses of his players, there might not be an urgency to take it fully seriously.

The Dutch outfit face financial difficulties, with more outgoings then incomings this summer, they must put their off field problems to one side, and with a Champions League qualifier on Wednesday with Greek side PAOK they will possibly be experimenting different formations and tactics or could play a full strength side in preparation.

The Netherlands reached the World Cup final but it was Uruguay striker Luiz Suarez who made the biggest name for himself in the World Cup, ending it with three goals, but this was overshadowed by his handball on the line against Ghana, resulting in his dismissal.

Former personnel that have moved over from Holland include winger Jesper Gronkjaer and our former assistant Henk Ten Cate was in the Ajax hotseat when lured to Stamford Bridge.

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