Chelsea are coming up against a Barcelona side likely to be without superstar players such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Coutinho due to their recent involvement in the Copa America.
The Blues too are suffering without a key name or two, with N’Golo Kante back in London as he continues his rebuild from injury – Willian, Antonio Rudiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all missing for the clash against the La Liga champions.
Our CFCnet’s predicted Chelsea line up vs Barcelona sees Olivier Giroud once again the lead the line for Frank Lampard’s side and it could be a first start for Christian Pulisic after the American came off the bench in the defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.
Pre-season has so far been a learning curve for the new manager, with a draw, win and a loss meaning Lampard has experienced the full-range of emotions. However, a much patched together squad and plenty of missing starters may not be a fair reflection on what the Blues can do this season.
Barcelona will be playing their first pre-season game of the summer against Chelsea on Tuesday, so the opportunity is there for the Blues to register a confidence boosting victory over a side likely to feature new signings Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann.
Kick-off for Chelsea vs Barcelona is at 11:30 (UK) on Tuesday 23rd July, taking place at the Saitama Stadium in Japan.
Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Barcelona
Goalkeeper: Willy Caballero.
Defence: Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso.
Midfield: Tiémoué Bakayoko, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, Pedro.
Attack: Olivier Giroud.