On Tuesday, Chelsea F.C. defeated Brentford F.C. 5-1 in a friendly match played behind closed doors thanks to three goals from Kai Havertz.
Chelsea Online News:
The final warm-up game before competitive play resumed included a mix of youth players and veteran first-team stars for Graham Potter‘s team at the Blues’ Cobham training facility.
In the World Cup third-place play-off between Croatia and Morocco, Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech did not compete, while many other players who were eliminated earlier in the competition played for Chelsea.
Kia Havertz has brought his goal-scoring form to west London after scoring twice for Germany against Costa Rica in their final group-stage match. However, it wasn’t enough to keep Germany from going out.
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In order to offer as many players as possible a chance to participate, the friendly game versus Brentford was divided into three sessions of 45 minutes each.
Compared to some of its opponents, Chelsea hasn’t played as many friendlies, although they did play Aston Villa earlier this month in Abu Dhabi.
Potter’s team lost by a score of 1-0, but Armando Broja’s severe injury was a worse setback. He underwent surgery for a ruptured cruciate ligament, and it is anticipated that he will miss the remainder of the season.
Eighth-placed Chelsea, who will host Bournemouth on December 27 in their first Premier League game back, will then travel to face Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day.
After that, they face Manchester City twice in a short period of time: once in the league and once at the Etihad for an FA Cup third-round match.