New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will be looking to win his second game in a row with the Blues when they take on Inter Milan at the Allianz Riviera in Nice, France on Saturday.
The London club arrive off the back of a 1-0 win against Perth Glory in Australia but have now returned to Europe to participate in the International Champions Cup against the Italian side, who will be eager to get preparations for the new season underway after winning just one of their last four pre-season games.
It will be Chelsea's opening ICC match with two more to follow. Both sides will be wanting to win the game to help start the new campaign on a strong foot.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the fixture between the two European sides.
|Game||Chelsea vs Inter|
|Date||Saturday, July 28|
|Time||7:05pm BST / 2:05pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US) the game will be not be shown live on television, but it will be available to stream live online via ESPN+ and ESPNU.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be aired on Premier Sports.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Premier Sports||Premier Sports|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Bulka, Thompson, Collins|
|Defenders||Luiz, Ampadu, Tomori, Hector, Kalas, Alonso, Emerson, Zappacosta|
|Midfielders||Aina, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Barkley, Pasalic, Jorginho, Palmer|
|Forwards||Pedro, Piazon, Musonda, Hudson-Odo, Morata, Abraham|
Chelsea's Kurt Zouma has been ruled out of the pre-season tour due to injury, though the Blues will be able to call upon the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Callum Hudon-Odoi following the 1-0 win against Perth earlier in the week.
Potential Chelsea XI: Bulka; Zappacosta, David Luiz, Ampadu, Alonso; Fabregas, Jorginho, Barkley; Hudson-Odoi, Morata, Pedro.
|Goalkeepers||Handanovic, Padelli, Berni, Dekic|
|Defenders||D'Ambrosio, de Vrij, Skriniar, Estevao, Ranocchia, Nolan, Zappa|
|Midfielders||Gagliardini, Asamoah, Emmers, Pompetti, Roric, Demirovič|
|Forwards||Icardi, Martinez, Candreva, D'Amico, Colidio|
Inter unfortunately lost Dalbert Henrique to a shoulder injury against Sheffield United on Tuesday that required him to receive oxygen on the pitch.
They will be boosted by the benefits of a fully fit Raidja Nainggolan after the midfielder was a surprise exclusion from the Belgium side that played at the World Cup, following his £34.2m signing from Roma.
Potential Inter XI: Handanovic, D'Ambrosio, De Vrij, Skriniar, Estevao, Gagliardini, Asamoah, Martinez, Emmers, Candreva, Icardi.
Betting & Match Odds
Chelsea are priced 13/10 to win the tie according to dabblebet , while a draw is up for odds of 12/5. A victory for Inter is available for 15/8.
Sarri's appointment as Chelsea manager ended a long period of speculation over Antonio Conte's future, with the announcement having been made on July 14. The team can now focus on preparing for the new season and establishing themselves as genuine title-challengers.
The former Napoli boss will be tasked with bettering the disappointing fifth-placed finish that was the downfall of Conte's time at Stamford Bridge, as the club managed to finish 30 points behind champions Manchester City.
New signing Jorginho, who followed Sarri from Napoli, was a standout player in Chelsea's otherwise unimpressive 1-0 win against Perth Glory and will be relishing a chance to feature against an Italian side.
Key players Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud and Thibaut Courtois remain unavailable due to their duties at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, though the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Morata and Pedro should all be in contention to start in Nice after they gave promising displays in Perth.
Sarri will be tempted to rejig the Chelsea lineup and introduce the side to his own formations, and the ICC fixture against Inter will be a chance for him to test out new tactics ahead of the start of the Premier League season.
Inter will be looking to register a win against the Blues and need momentum going into the new season after winning one of their four pre-season matches.
The Italian side managed to beat Lugano in a previous friendly, but lost to Sion and managed draws against the likes of Zenit Saint Petersburg and Sheffield United.
They will be expected to call upon the talents of star forward Mauro Icardi as they look to earn a win against Sarri's side.