Frank Lampard will lead out his Chelsea team for the first of two games in Japan on Friday, with the opposition being J-League side Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama.
Kawasaki Frontale are an interesting opponent for Chelsea considering they are currently in the midst of a season and are unbeaten since April, sitting third in the Japanese top tier – it could be a great test for Lampard to see what kind of state his side’s fitness is in; as Barcelona await next Tuesday.
CFCnet’s predicted Chelsea line up vs Kawasaki Frontale is likely to see another mixed XI as the new manager continues to evaluate who will be part of the first team plans heading into the new season.
The biggest name likely to feature of Friday is new signing Christian Pulisic, with the American international now part of the training camp, it’s expected that the former Dortmund-man will get some minutes in a Blues shirt, but likely from the bench.
Kick-off for Chelsea vs Kawasaki Frontale is at 11:00 (UK) on Friday 19th July, taking place in Yokohama, Japan.
N’Golo Kante is another to watch out for on Friday, after injuring himself in the Europa League final, the Frenchman has apparently worked himself back to fitness and could feature in some capacity against Kawasaki Frontale.
Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Kawasaki Frontale
Goalkeeper: Willy Caballero.
Defence: Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, David Luiz, Emerson.
Midfield: Tiémoué Bakayoko, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, Pedro.
Attack: Olivier Giroud.