|Udinese vs Chelsea|
|Date||30 July 2022|
|Time||12:30 AM IST 🇮🇳|
🇮🇹 Udinese XI: Silvestri, Benkovic, Bijol, Masina, Soppy, Pereyra, Walace, Makengo, Udogie, Success, Deulofeu
🏴 Chelsea XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Sterling
🔴 FT : Udinese | 1 - 3 | Chelsea
20' | 0 - 1 | N'Golo Kante
37' | 0 - 2 | Raheem Sterling
42' | 1 - 2 | Gerard Deulofeu90' | 1 - 3 | Mason Mount
Udinese vs Chelsea preview, Chelsea will conclude 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 less than a week away from the start of their league season away to Everton, while Udinese will be in competitive action in their next fixture against Sudtirol or FeralpiSalo in the Coppa Italia.
Udinese finished 12th in Serie A last season, which proved to be their joint best position in the Italian top flight since 2013, so it went down as a successful campaign for the club.
The Whites and Blacks will face Sudtirol or FeralpiSalo in the Coppa Italia on August 5, with their Serie A campaign set to kick off with a trip to reigning champions AC Milan on August 13.
Udinese have been busy this summer in terms of friendlies, playing a total of four times, including a 2-1 win over Pafos on 25 July, which was followed by a 2-1 loss to Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen.
Andrea Sottil's squad was also active during the summer transfer window, 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 prominent being Mamadou Coulibaly, who has joined fellow Serie A side Salernitana.
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Chelsea, meanwhile, will go into this game with a 4-0 loss to Premier League rivals Arsenal in the final game of their pre-season tour on 23 July.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel criticized his team after a four-goal loss in Florida, with the Germany coach questioning his players' commitment and also insisting his team "deserved to lose".
The Blues played three times in North America, starting their preparations for the new season with a 2-1 win over Club America before losing to Charlotte FC on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
Chelsea will now play one more game against Udinese before opening their 2022-23 Premier League campaign against Everton on 6 August, while their first home game of the new season sees them welcome Antonio Conte's side Tottenham Hotspur on 14 August.
The Blues have brought in Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer to boost their squad, but they appear to have lost Jules Kunde to Barcelona, which will force the capital giants to look elsewhere when it comes to bringing another centre-back to Barcelona. troops.
Simone Pafundi, who only turned 16 in March, was among Udinese's starters for last time's friendly with Pafos, but head coach Sottil is likely to opt for a more experienced starting XI here.
There may be another chance to impress for Republic of Ireland youngster James Abankwah, while Roberto Pereyra should return to form in midfield.