What a precursor to the Premier League season this is! Chelsea and Liverpool go head-to-head on July 27 in the International Champions Cup at 11pm EST. It’ll be a bruising encounter for both teams that you won’t want to miss. Click here to watch the full 90-minutes.
Now these teams are praying for Premier League glory, and have made some crazy changes to their roster in a hope to improve on their poor campaigns in the in 2015/2016 season. That’ll make this match-up at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. even more exciting to see all the new talent on show!
Liverpool are likely to give debuts to Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan, $33 million buy Georginio Wijnaldum, while other new signings Saido Mane, Loris Karius, Joel Matip and Marko Grujic have all come to the States to play in this tournament.
Chelsea’s latest acquisition, N’Golo Kante won’t be with the squad till Monday after signing from Leicester City, but Belgium hotshot Michy Batshuayi will be available, and will vie for the striking position with Diego Costa. Key Chelsea stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have also returned after their stints at Euro 2016.
New manager Antonio Conte, who just joined Chelsea after a successful time coaching the Italian national team, is under no illusions as to what to expect. He also spoke of rival manager Jurgen Klopp‘s reign at Liverpool.”Jurgen Klopp worked already for six months with this team and it’s very important for him and Liverpool to understand each other,” Antonio said in a press conference on July 26. “Liverpool is a great team and can fight at the end to win the title with the other teams. It’s important to work and have the time to transfer your methods and ideas of football. Liverpool is one of the best teams in the league and I’m sure Liverpool can fight to win the title. It is a good game for us, but winning is not the most important thing. We try to work on different aspects, and we’ve worked a lot. But we want to play a good game and I want to see improvement from my players.” He added, “A game against a good opponent is a good game and I’m very curious to see my team against Liverpool.”
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