Chelsea have given four hints about players and what to expect in the Bues’ first Premier League match of the season against Everton at Goodison Park.
Unlike last season, Arsenal won the first match of the 2022/23 season with a 2-0 away victory over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace. With Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United all having favorable fixtures on the opening weekend, the pressure is already on Chelsea to keep pace at the top right away.
They face an Everton side that many predict will be relegated this season, despite the fact that the Toffees have yet to sign a long-term replacement for Richarlison. But, as manager Thomas Tuchel knows, a trip to Merseyside is never easy at any time of year, as evidenced by Frank Lampard’s 1-0 victory at the end of last season.
“We played late last season in Everton and lost,” Tuchel said in his pre-match press conference. “We have vivid memories. We don’t need anything else to know what’s coming. Fantastic atmosphere, an emotional audience, and an emotional team. Of course, we recognize some of the people on the other side of the bench.
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“In Everton, the bench is not far away. Even so, we have nothing but admiration for Frank and his team. There are many Chelsea fans who believe that the rivalry between the two benches will be respectful, but also competitive. It was a late-season game that we lost, and we absolutely hate losing. We dislike losing twice, even more, so we know what is coming and will be prepared.” bench.
It remains to be seen who Tuchel selects in this first game. Marc Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka both signed in time to make the squad. It remains to be seen whether either of them makes their Blues debuts this weekend.
Raheem Sterling, on the other hand, is very likely to make his Chelsea debut this Saturday. This is because, alongside first-team regulars Mason Mount and Reece James, the 27-year-old is prominently featured on Chelsea’s pre-match graphic, which has been shared on social media.
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“The word “surprised” is incorrect. There were rumors and signs that it might be possible “Tuchel stated in his press conference about signing Sterling.
“You can try any player with a one-year contract. We quickly realized he would be an excellent fit for us at this point in his career.
“He gave us the impression that he would be delighted to take this step into a new chapter, a new club, and take on even more responsibility at this stage of his career, so once we had this feeling and feedback, we tried and succeeded, which was crucial for us.
“He is a member of our offensive line. It will be very fluid if we play in the same structure. It could be Kai (Havertz), Timo Werner, or Armando Broja, who has recently joined the squad. As a result, we have different profiles and styles of play.
“Liverpool and City demonstrated that a fluid offensive player in the nine positions can be very successful. We’ll take it from there.”
Surprisingly, the three players in the pre-match graphic are wearing the new away jersey revealed during the Cucurella announcement. Will that be its first appearance on Saturday Night Football?