Profiling Chelsea's Pre-Season Opponents Ahead of Upcoming Summer Tour of East Asia
Chelsea have departed for their three-game pre-season tour of east Asia as preparations begin in earnest for the defence of the Premier League title and the return of Champions League football to the schedule in 2017/18.
Here's a rundown of the opponents lined up, and where the new signings so far might fit in.
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Arsenal - 22nd July
Bird's Nest Stadium, Beijing
In a repeat of last season's FA Cup final and a preview of August's Community Shield, Chelsea will face Arsenal in an exhibition game in Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest Stadium.
It will give eager fans in China a chance to see an unofficial Premier League up close.
Despite losing at Wembley, Chelsea still hold the bragging rights after lifting the Premier League title in May, with a victory over the Gunners in February an important step towards that feat. One could also argue the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in September was a turning point in Chelsea's 2016/17 as it prompted a key tactical shift from Antonio Conte to the 3-4-3 formation.
It is worth noting that this will be Chelsea's first pre-season game, while Arsenal will have already played three by the time the London rivals meet and are likely to be fitter as a result.
Bayern Munich - 25th July
Singapore National Stadium, Kallang
After China will come the Singapore leg of the summer tour and Chelsea's first ever trip to the wealthy city-state nation.
The first of two International Champions Cup (ICC) games in the Singapore National Stadium, located in the Kallang district, will be played against reigning German champions Bayern Munich, marking a reunion with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Chelsea haven't faced Bayern in any capacity in four years, since meeting the Bavarian giants in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup. Bayern prevailed on penalties that night after a 2-2 draw in Prague, which came just under 15 months after Chelsea had won in a shootout when the two met in the 2012 Champions League final in Munich's own Allianz Arena.
Inter Milan - 29th July
Singapore National Stadium
An Inter Milan desperate for a better season in 2017/18 than they've enjoyed in recent years will be Chelsea's second opponent in the ICC and third and final game of the summer in late July before the Community Shield back in England on Sunday 6th August.
Chelsea's only two competitive meetings with Inter to date came in the last 16 of the 2009/10 Champions League when the Nerazzurri were on their way to capturing the trophy as part of an historic treble - the Italians, led by Jose Mourinho at the time, won 3-1 on aggregate.
The two clubs have met since in a friendly capacity, though, contesting an ICC game in the summer of 2013, which Chelsea won 2-0 in America thanks to goals from Oscar and Eden Hazard.
Chelsea have left for the Far East, but new £34m signing Antonio Rudiger will be joining the squad late after being away with Germany at the Confederations Cup until earlier this month.
The centre-back needs time to rest and recuperate and will begin his pre-season in Singapore.
Goalkeeper Willy Caballero is another confirmed signing and will be on the plane to China in his new role as back-up to Thibaut Courtois. The Argentine's free agent arrival marks good business for Chelsea after selling Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth for around £10m.
Tiemoue Bakayoko has also joined the club. His move was competed July 15th and although he has already joined the club's training sessions, he will not be joining the club on their Asia tour.