LIVE Chelsea VS Udinese Football Match Score 29 July 2022
Udinese takes on the challenge of English bigwigs Chelsea at the Dacia Arena. Neither side will be confident in their approach after a string of poor performances in preseason outings. The Little Zebras have had more friendly outings but do they have the quality to match the Blues remains to be seen.
Udinese nor Chelsea like to exploit set pieces and even less likely are their attempts from corners. As a consequence, winning corners will not be a priority for both sides. The Italians have not exceeded 10.5 corners in their last five outings, while the tally stands at just twice in seven for the visiting Chelsea. The latter have lost Antonio Rudiger, making them more toothless from the byline and not favour that line of attack.
Andrea Sottil’s attack is firing and should put them in good stead at the start of the season. However, they are being let down at the back. It is a combination of these factors that their last eight fixtures have concluded with Over 2.5 Goals. The stats board reads four in five for the visiting Blues. Given the propensity of both sides for high-scoring affairs, expect more of the same in this friendly bout.
A win over Paphos finally gave the Udine a win. They have earlier suffered losses to Qatar and Bayer Leverkusen. Andrea Sottil will want his charges to give a good account of their abilities as they set sights on their Serie A curtain raiser. The Blues provide the perfect specimen of what they will face on a regular basis, giving them a barometer to base their preparations.
Defeat to Arsenal perfectly summed up the week for Thomas Tuchel. His charges failed to deliver on the field after the sporting departments’ wasteful efforts in the transfer market saw his targets move to other clubs. With their Premier League meeting with Everton fast approaching, the Blues look out of sorts as doubts circle over their preparations.
Chelsea will round off their preparations for the 2022-23 Premier League campaign with a friendly against Italian side Udinese in Udine on Friday night.
The Blues are now little over a week away from the start of their league season away to Everton, while Udinese will be in competitive action next time out against either Sudtirol or FeralpiSalo in the Coppa Italia.
Udinese finished 12th in Serie A last season, which proved to be their joint-best position in Italy’s top flight since 2013, so it went down as a successful campaign for the club.
The White and Blacks will face Sudtirol or FeralpiSalo in the Coppa Italia on August 5, with their Serie A campaign due to begin away to the champions AC Milan on August 13.
Udinese have been busy this summer in terms of friendlies, playing four times in total, including a 2-1 victory over Pafos on July 25, which followed a 2-1 defeat to Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen.
Andrea Sottil’s side have also been active during the summer market, bringing in Beto, Destiny Udogie, Jaka Bijol, Leonardo Buta, Festy Ebosele, Sandi Lovric and Adam Masina.
There have also been a number of exits at the club ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, with the most notable of those being Mamadou Coulibaly, who has joined fellow Serie A side Salernitana.
Chelsea, meanwhile, will enter this match off the back of a 4-0 defeat to Premier League rivals Arsenal in the final match of their pre-season tour on July 23.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel was critical of his side in the aftermath of the four-goal loss in Florida, with the German questioning the commitment of his players and also insisting that his team “deserved to lose”.
The Blues played three times in North America, starting their preparations for the new season with a 2-1 victory over Club America before losing to Charlotte FC on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
Chelsea will now play once more against Udinese before opening their 2022-23 Premier League campaign against Everton on August 6, while their first home game of the new season sees them welcome Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side on August 14.
The Blues have brought in Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer to boost their squad, but they appear to have missed out on Jules Kounde to Barcelona, which will force the capital giants to look elsewhere when it comes to bringing another centre-back to the squad.