Pre-Friction match Conference: Chelsea vs Al Hilal

Kenedy and Thiago Silva, two Chelsea Brazilians training in Abu Dhabi this week

On iv of the previous five occasions an English club has competed at the FIFA Club World Loving cup, it made it through the semi-terminal phase.



Chelsea team news

Chelsea’s 23-man squad for this tournament does not include the withal-recuperating Reece James or long-term absentee Ben Chilwell, but Edou Mendy is rejoining his team-mates after a game-changing performance in the Africa Cup of Nations last. The Senegal keeper may have to wait for involvement, though, particularly after Kepa Arrizabalaga’s ain match-winning penalty save confronting Plymouth.

Sometimes metalwork is a lesson. The Blues hit postal service or bar three times on Dominicus among 41 attempts on the Pilgrims’ goal – 39 of them unsuccessful. Such prolificacy would be equally unwelcome confronting continental champions as any domestic opponent, just not for the first time our full-backs had our back. James, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta have contributed to 20+ goals across all competitions.

This is Thomas Tuchel’south maiden bid for the world championship but he volition start it back home in London subsequently testing positive for Covid. The Bavarian’southward tactical thoughts volition no doubt go along to adapt in the warmth of Abu Dhabi, where his coaching staff are training the squad in temperatures around 70ºC. In five of the past seven games the Londoners have ready as a back iv with a variety of formations higher upfield.

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Goal involvement all competitions 2021/22
Goals Assists Full
Mason Mountain 7 8 15
Reece James 5 6 11
Jorginho 9 ane 10
Hakim Ziyech six 4 ten
Romelu Lukaku 8 8
Timo Werner 6 two 8
Kai Havertz five 3 viii
Callum Hudson-Odoi 3 four 7
Mateo Kovacic 2 5 vii
Christian Pulisic 3 ii 5
Marcos Alonso 2 iii five
Ben Chilwell three 1 4
Thiago Silva 3 one iv
Due north’Golo Kante 2 2 iv
César Azpilicueta one 3 4
Trevoh Chalobah three three
Toni Rudiger 3 three
Andres Christensen two i iii
Ruben Loftus-Cheek three 3
Lewis Hall one i

Odion Ighalo closely marked by Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic in 2016

The Portuguese succeeded Razvan Lucescu last summer and has non been able to replicate the form that made Al Hilal domestic champions. But in Nov he led them to the continental title that earned their second appearance in this tournament.


Pereira scored two and ready two as W Brom concluded Thomas Tuchel’s undefeated start at Chelsea concluding twelvemonth. Andre Carrillo has suffered three heavy defeats against the Blues with Sporting and Watford, but was part of the Hornets side that shell the Londoners four-one four years ago.

The Emiratis capitalised on some slack Hilal defending to open the scoring on Sunday simply the speed, power and directness of Leonardo Jardim’s outfit eventually overran them.

Jardim, habitually linked to head bus vacancies in the Premier League during his title-winning spells at Monaco and Olympiacos, has masterminded 4 wins in eight meetings evenly split between Spurs and Armory. His teams besides vanquish Birmingham and Manchester City.

The Portuguese succeeded Razvan Lucescu final summer and has non been able to replicate the class that made Al Hilal domestic champions. But in Nov he led them to the continental title that earned their 2d appearance in this tournament.

The Al Hilal line-upwardly alee of their win confronting Al Jazira in the previous round

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He favours the classic 4-ii-iii-1 with January arrival Ighalo (a replacement for leading goalscorer – and Chelsea supporter – Bafetimbi Gomis) as the target homo. Al Hilal have powerful and willing runners on the flanks and a shrewd playmaker, Mohamed Kanno. They laissez passer out from the back and work it forward quickly, simply also take players who like to dribble, so tend to lose possession. Chelsea will aim to punish any lapses with more precision than was the instance on Saturday.

How to lookout Chelsea in the Club Earth Cup

All Chelsea matches in this competition will be covered live, free-to-air, in the United kingdom of great britain and northern ireland by Channel 4, with our outset match on E4 from 4pm. To find the relevant broadcaster where you are, see FIFA’s guide

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A player accruing two yellow cards will serve a one-match suspension (this will not apply to Chelsea who only play twice). A blood-red card will hateful suspension from the team’s next game.

The venue for this match, the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, was opened in 1980 and has a 37,500 capacity. A new hybrid pitch of 95 per cent natural grass was installed final month.

As Al Hilal wear royal blueish, Chelsea will play in our yellow alter strip.

Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium

Porto were the terminal winners of the Intercontinental Cup, in 2004, shortly subsequently Jose Mourinho had left for Chelsea

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