Premier League holders Chelsea face La Liga Champions Barcelona as they continue their pre-season campaign with an eagerly awaited International Champions Cup fixture at the FedEx Field on Wednesday.
Chelsea fans expect their heroes to repeat the performance that they had displayed to record a tremendous two-legged victory over the Catalans in the Champions League semifinal three years ago.
The Blues are heading into Wednesday’s fixture on the back of shoot-out victory against Paris Saint-Germain following a defeat at the hands of New York Red Bulls in the opening match of International Champions Cup. In contrast, Luis Enrique’s boys opened their pre-season campaign on a high note with a 2-1 triumph over LA Galaxy but faced a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in their next match.
|Who: Chelsea Vs Barcelona||What: International Champions Cup|
|Date: Tuesday, July 28||Time: 1 a.m. BST/8 p.m. ET|
|Venue: FedEx Field, Maryland, United States||Live Stream: Sky Go / Fox Soccer 2Go|
In the match against reigning Premier League Champions, the Spanish Giants will be without the services of key strikers Lionel Messi and Neymar. The duo will join defender Javier Mascherano and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo in the list of absentees.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to field full first-team squad with new signing Radamel Falcao, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are all available as he looks to tune up the lineups ahead of next week’s Community Shield tie against FA Cup holders Arsenal at Wembley.
Possible starting lineup
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Zouma, Matic; Willian, Hazard, Oscar; Costa
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mathieu, Alba, Bartra, Pique; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Rafinha, Suarez, Munir