Thomas Tuchel expresses concern after pre-season turmoil as Blues head to Italy after Arsenal defeat – UK kick-off time, team news and how to follow July 27, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Chelsea will hope to put their disappointing tour of the USA behind them by travelling to Italy to take on Udinese later this week.

It has been a turbulent pre-season for Thomas Tuchel’s side with the Blues struggling for both results and to make the signings they want.

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Tuchel gave his players a stern talking to after the Arsenal match

Chelsea have made two signings in the shape of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly after missing out on a number of other targets.

Results in pre-season have also been poor and have included a defeat on penalties to Charlotte, a narrow 2-1 win over Club America and a 4-0 drubbing to Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Tuchel admitted he was worried about Chelsea following the loss to their London rivals, with less than two weeks to go until the season starts.

Chelsea vs Udinese: Date and start time

This pre-season friendly will take place on Friday, July 29.

Kick-off at the Dacia Arena in Italy will take place at 8pm UK time.

Chelsea vs Udinese: TV channel and live stream

This pre-season tie will be broadcast live on Chelsea’s website and their app – ‘The 5th Stand’.

talkSPORT will have regular updates from Italy throughout the day while talkSPORT.com will have a live blog for the tie too.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Timo Werner has struggled to impress during pre-season

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Timo Werner has struggled to impress during pre-season

Chelsea vs Udinese: Team news

Blues new signing Koulibaly will be hoping to earn his first start for the club after making his debut in the defeat to Arsenal.

Ben Chilwell was rested for that game and could feature but Ross Barkley is still struggling with a hamstring problem.

N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are both unavailable having not travelled to the United States due to their Covid vaccination status.

Elsewhere, Armando Broja will also not be involved having flown back to England amid speculation linking him with a move to West Ham.

Batshuayi has been playing up front for Chelsea in pre-season but is unlikely to be part of Tuchel’s plans

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Batshuayi has been playing up front for Chelsea in pre-season but is unlikely to be part of Tuchel’s plans

Chelsea vs Udinese: What has been said?

Ex-Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino revealed his concern that his old club’s turmoil off the pitch risks spilling over onto it.

He told talkSPORT: “So much uncertainty within that squad. Take Timo Werner, who has made it quite clear he’d like to move on and play elsewhere as he wants more game time ahead of the World Cup.

“That’s littered in Chelsea’s squad, way too many.

“You also have to add in departures at the top end of the club. That doesn’t always affect what happens on the field, but from Bruce Buck to Marina to Petr Cech, there’s too much change at Chelsea.

“It’s becoming a bit messy.”

Thomas Tuchel on the defeat to Arsenal “We need to be more lively, we need to be more aggressive. The level of commitment and the level of physical input was simply not enough against Arsenal.

“The adaption of position, the joy of helping each other, the joy of working hard together was what was absolutely missing.

“But it’s not a moment to destroy my group, because my group of players is a very, very, very nice and very hard working group and that will not change. But this is the honest analysing of this game and it’s not worth talking around it.”

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