Chelsea 2019 pre-season: Friendlies, transfers, rumours & Premier League fixtures

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Here is your complete guide to Chelsea's 2019-20 pre-season, matches, dates and venues, featuring all you need to know about the Blues' summer

Chelsea are set to jet off to Asia for their pre-season tour, and will face off against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona in Japan this summer.

The Blues spent last summer in Australia to prepare for the previous season, and will now head to the other side of the world once again, with a flagship exhibition match against the La Liga champions the focal point of their tour.

Here is your complete guide to Chelsea's 2019-20 pre-season and Premier League fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know about their summer preparations.


Chelsea pre-season fixtures


Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue
May 15 New England Revolution 1:10am / 8:10pm Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
Jul 19 Kawasaki Frontale TBC Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
Jul 23 Barcelona TBC  Saitama Stadium, Saitima

Chelsea's pre-season campaign in Boston begins just three days after they wrapped up their Premier League campaign with a home draw against Leicester, securing a third-placed finish.

It's a slightly awkward fixture for Maurizio Sarri's side, who are due to play in the Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku, Azerbaijan on May 29 - a fixture which could mark Eden Hazard's final appearance for the Blues.

Following the Europa League final, Chelsea's players will return to club action in July to get pre-season preparations underway with two matches in Japan against Kawasaki Frontale and Spanish champions Barcelona.


Chelsea 2019-20 transfer activity


Eden Hazard Chelsea 2018-19, in 2019-20 home kit

Chelsea players will be bracing themselves for the departure of club talisman Hazard, who all but confirmed his move to Real Madrid in early May. The Belgium international hinted that the move was all set save for final negotiations, admitting that a return to the Champions League was not enough to convince him to stay in West London.

Defender Gary Cahill also confirmed he would be leaving the club this summer on a free transfer, and was given a farewell in his last home game of the season against Leicester.

Elsewhere, Barcelona are bracing themselves for interest from the Blues in Philippe Coutinho, as they look to replace Hazard with the Brazilian playmaker.

Transfer activity in

Position Player Transferred from Fee Date
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Transfer activity out

Position Player Transferred to Fee Date
CB Gary Cahill Free agent n/a Jun 30

Chelsea 2019-20 Premier League fixtures


Chelsea will discover their Premier League fixture list when the official details are released to all clubs at 9am BST on June 13.

Despite a turbulent campaign, where Sarri looked to have been on the verge of being dismissed from his post in February after humiliating league defeats to Manchester City, as well as his failure to contend for the Premier League title, the Italian remains at Stamford Bridge for the near future.

A third-place finish guaranteed Champions League football, while a spot in the Europa League final against Arsenal looks to have stabilised Sarri's career at the Bridge, though he is certain to be under pressure from the first whistle next season to deliver multiple trophies after missing out on domestic awards in his first season in charge.

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Chelsea have secured qualification for the Champions League group stages due to their third-placed finish in the Premier League and will get their European campaign underway on August 29.

The Carabao Cup first round will begin on August 3, with the full fixture list set to be released on June 20. The FA Cup third round, featuring all Premier League clubs, will get underway at the start of January.

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