LIVE Chelsea vs Club America Football Match Score 17 July 2022
Millonetas brought in five new players ahead of the new season, with the standout addition being Uruguay international Jonathan Rodriguez, who joined in a £5m deal from Al-Nassr.Chelsea boss Tuchel is likely to hand a debut to Sterling following his recent arrival, although it seems likely that the England international will be used off the bench.The Blues have a strong squad over in America, with the likes of Kai Havertz, Edouard Mendy, Reece James, Thiago Silva, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic potentially starting this contest.
Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour are two players that will be hoping to impress Tuchel enough to secure first-team roles at Stamford Bridge during the 2022-23 campaign. Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also in the squad, having recovered from their injury problems. However, there is no N’Golo Kante or Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the Blues, with the midfield duo missing the tour due to their COVID-19 vaccination status.
America boss Ortiz will make changes from the side that started their 1-0 win over Toluca on Wednesday, with Jurgen Damm, Bruno Valdez and Francisco Garcia all in line for spots in the XI. There will be a host of changes throughout the contest, with a number of young players also expected to be given opportunities to impress over the course of the match. Henry Martin led the line in the team’s last league game, but he could drop to the bench here, with Roman Martinez potentially featuring at the tip of the attack.
Chelsea recently confirmed Raheem Sterling as their first arrival of the summer, and it is believed that Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly could soon become the team’s second signing of the window.
Romelu Lukaku has returned to Inter Milan on loan for the 2022-23 season, while Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have left on free transfers, so there is work to do to boost the squad in the coming weeks.
As for America, the Mexican giants have won their domestic title on 13 separate occasions, which is a record, placing them one ahead of Guadalajara when it comes to championships.The Eagles started their 2022-23 domestic campaign on July 3, playing out a goalless draw with Atlas before suffering a 3-2 defeat to Monterrey in their second match one week later.America did manage to pick up their first three points of the season against Toluca last time out, though, with Richard Sanchez netting the winner in the 93rd minute.
Fernando Ortiz’s side will face Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid in friendlies this month, with their next league contest coming against Tijuana on July 24, so the squad will need to be carefully balanced over the next couple of weeks to deal with their pre-season commitments.
Chelsea will begin their preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season friendly against Mexican outfit Club America on Saturday night. The Blues are building towards their 2022-23 Premier League opener against Everton, but America have already started their new season, picking up four points from their first three matches to sit sixth in the table.
Chelsea won the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup last season, but they suffered disappointment in the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals, losing to Liverpool on both occasions, while the capital giants finished third in the Premier League and were knocked out by Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Blues are now preparing for the 2022-23 campaign, and they will take on Club America and Charlotte FC in their opening two friendlies of the summer before facing Arsenal in the Florida Cup on July 23.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will then tackle Udinese on July 29 before opening their Premier League campaign with a trip to Everton on August 6, while their first home game of the new season is against London rivals and potential fellow top-four challengers Tottenham Hotspur on August 14.
Club America, Chelsea’s opponents, are already underway in their Liga MX campaign, playing three games which have seen the Mexican side win one, draw one, and lose one. A balanced start for Fernando Ortiz’s men. Tuchel wants his side to be ready for the opening game of the season as they look to win the Premier League title, not accepting any ‘transition’ excuses to get in the way of their preparations.
He said: “I want to win and I will demand it from myself, my team and all my players. The team will be strong. “I am not ready to use it as an excuse even though it is maybe true that we are in transition. “We can, I can focus, I think the team can focus on what makes us strong and we can take it step by step and work out how to win games.”The Chelsea head coach added: “I mean it when I said we fight against the best teams and the best coaches, which does not make life easier and they set the bar so high last season, but we start again from scratch. So we will try again.
It’s the first of Chelsea’s three games in the United States following their pre-season training camp in Los Angeles at the UCLA campus.Thomas Tuchel’s side have been joined by new signing Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, following his medical in London, in the United States. They will be hoping to get off to a winning start, however it will be about testing and raising their fitness levels, getting back into the groove in their first outing of pre-season.
Start date: 17 Jul 2022 7:00