The Blues are set to take on a tough MLS side as Thomas Tuchel looks to perfect the team before the competitive action kicks off
Chelsea set to take Charlotte FC in their second pre-season meeting at Bank of America Stadium.
The Blues kicked off their tour of the United States with a 2-1 win over Club America in Las Vegas and Thomas Tuchel will be keen to build on that momentum.
The German will be eager to test different combinations before the Premier League season kicks off and Raheem Sterling is expected to be given the chance to impress after making his big move from Manchester City.
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Chelsea squad and team news
Tuchel has informed the press that Sterling will be making his debut against Charlotte. The England international has been training with the team for some time now and is ready for the match action.
“Raheem is absolutely ready to go,” said the Chelsea boss. “He will be on the pitch against Charlotte and we are happy about that. He is excited to play his first game.”
However, it looks like Kalidou Kouilbaly will not appear in the next match because he is still warming up with a new method.
“We were a bit distracted so I had to talk to him about what we were doing. He’s doing a few training sessions now with us but he’s still in a very individual program so there are no doubles on the pitch,” Tuchel said.
“He is training with the team but there are players who are in the third week of preparation and at a completely different level of physical foundation so it is not a good match for him to play straight away.
“I don’t want to rule him out completely but it’s very likely he won’t play and we won’t see him on the pitch,” he added.
Charlotte squad and team news
Charlotte FC is in the midst of the MLS season and vying for a playoff spot. They have won twice and lost three in their last five matches and head into this clash with a narrow 3-2 loss to Inter Miami.
Kerwin Vargas will be the player to look out for as the winger will be eager to impress interim head coach Christian Lattanzio. The Italian manager previously worked with Roberto Mancini at Manchester City and Patrick Vieira in New York City and French side Nice.
Christian Fuchs is a familiar face to Premier League fans and is expected to be in action. Striker Karol Swiderski, signed from Greek club PAOK and winger Kamil Jozwiak, are strong threats in the attacking third and Chelsea’s backline should be wary of them.