Chelsea conclude their European pre-season tour with a match against Bundesliga side, Werder Bremen. Bremen beat Chelsea 1-0 in the teams’ last meeting back in the Champions League group phase in 2006, however, the Germans have experienced a demise in recent times.
Failing to match the success of their Bundesliga counterparts, Bayern Munich, Bremen have been unable to qualify for European competitions in their last three campaigns. Manager, Robin Dutt, was appointed last season in a bid to lift the side from mid-table mediocrity. However, the Germans only made a minor improvement to their league form, finishing in twelfth place and experiencing the heaviest home defeat in their history in a humbling 7-0 demolition at the hands of Munich.
Despite last season’s disappointments, Bremen have made an good start to their 2014-15 campaign. They are undefeated this summer after picking up six wins and two draws. The distinguishing feature of Dutt’s team in pre-season is their high rate of both scoring and conceding goals. This is something Jose Mourinho will be hoping to capitalise on with Chelsea’s new wealth of striking talent at his disposal.
Didier Drogba rejoined the squad earlier this week and looks set to make an appearance against Dortmund. However, new signing Diego Costa should start up front and will be looking to build upon his record of one goal and three assists in the two games he has played so far. Thibaut Courtois also looks to be given his first start for The Blues. The Belgian will be hoping to cement his place in the Chelsea side by thwarting the attacking talents of former Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo, who will be lining up against his former teammates at the Weserstadion.