Chelsea FC announced on the club’s official website that two domestic friendlies against Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Wimbledon will take place this summer. Many of the club’s key players will be missing due to World Cup duty or injury in the case of Petr Cech so many of the club’s reserve players will be called up to play in these friendly matches.
Here is the official announcement from the club regarding the friendlies:
“Chelsea Football Club is pleased to announce our first two fixtures of the summer, with pre-season games against Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Wimbledon confirmed.
A Chelsea XI, comprising a mixture of first-team and Academy players, will travel to League Two Wycombe’s Adams Park on Wednesday 16 July for Matt Bloomfield’s testimonial.
The game will kick-off at 7.45pm to celebrate Bloomfield’s career with the Chairboys, which started in December 2003. The former Ipswich Town trainee has gone on to make more than 300 appearances for Gareth Ainsworth’s side.
Our second fixture, with a similar squad due to senior players being on World Cup duty, will take place three days later at 3pm on Saturday 19 July at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, formerly known as Kingsmeadow, home of AFC Wimbledon and Kingstonian.
AFC finished last season two places above Wycombe in 20th position in League Two, and are managed by former Wimbledon player Neal Ardley.
Ticket details for both matches will be announced in due course, while they will also be shown live on Chelsea TV.”
Reserve players and senior squad fringe players such as Tomas Kalas, Nathan Ake, and other loanees can get their chance to shine in Chelsea blue and even if it is preseason they can still make another impression on their manager. Some senior players such as Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic may also make an appearance due to their country not making the World Cup. Due to the World Cup this summer, Chelsea’s friendlies this summer will more than likely all be domestic or at least played in Europe to minimize travel and allow the players to rest.
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