Chelsea’s third match of their pre-season tour of Europe will see them take on Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, a club with whom The Blues have had a very close relationship with over the last few years. Chelsea have had a number of promising youngsters sent on loan to Vitesse, helping them to develop their skills in the Eredivise, whilst also helping Vitesse to climb higher in the top-flight of Dutch football, and to qualify for European competition for the first time in ten years.
The list of players that Chelsea have loaned to Vitesse is extensive, including names such as Patrick van Aanholt, Lucas Piazon, Christian Atsu, Sam Hutchinson and Gael Kakuta. One of the most notable of Chelsea’s loanees to Vitesse is current centre-mid Nemanja Matic, who, as we all know, has gone on to establish himself as one of the first names on the Chelsea team-sheet. Currently, there are two Chelsea players developing their football at Vitesse, Burkina Faso midfielder Bertrand Traore and Brazilian defender Wallace. One player who has gone the other way, however, is Marco Van Ginkel, who made 83 appearances for Vitesse from 2010-2013, before moving to Chelsea.
Founded in 1892, Vitesse play their games at the GelreDome in Arnhem, which has a capacity of 25,000. Chelsea will play there later looking to recover as much match fitness as possible ahead of the new season, and it could be another chance for new signings Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa to link up, which they did so effectively in scoring Chelsea’s opening goal against Olimpija last Sunday. It may also be the first time since Munich that we see Didier Drogba play in a Chelsea shirt, with the legendary striker having completed his move back to the Blues last week.