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Aug 10, 2018 11:00:00 AMICC
Maurizio Sarri's side head to Australia as well as France and Ireland on their pre-season tour ahead of the new campaign

Chelsea returned to the Asia-Pacific region with a fixture against Perth Glory in Australia to get their preparations for the 2018-19 campaign under way.

The Blues then faced some of Europe's biggest clubs as part of the International Champions Cup in a number of venues around the continent.

With the World Cup having ended just eight days before their first fixture against Perth, it left Chelsea with very little time to fully prepare – though it did give players the opportunity to get back into the fold in an energising manner.

Goal brings you your complete guide to the Blues' 2018-19 pre-season and Premier League fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know about the preparations.


Chelsea pre-season fixtures


DateMatchTime (UK / US ET)Venue
Jul 23Perth Glory 0-1 Chelsea 12pm / 7amOptus Stadium, Perth
Jul 28Inter 1-1 (5-4 pens.) Chelsea 7:05pm / 2:05pmAllianz Riviera Stadium, Nice
Aug 1Arsenal 1-1 (6-5 pens.) Chelsea8:05pm / 3:05pmAviva Stadium, Dublin
Aug 5Chelsea 0-2 Man City*3pm / 10amWembley Stadium, London
Aug 7Chelsea 0-0 (5-4 pens.) Lyon8:05pm / 3:05pmStamford Bridge, London

*2018 Community Shield

Chelsea's pre-season schedule involved some entertaining clashes, including an exciting match against Premier League rivals Arsenal, as well as European giants Inter, with Lyon still to come.

While the likes of fellow Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool playing in North America, Chelsea will instead be heading down under and to Europe.

The first game of their pre-season tour saw them play Perth Glory in a 60,000-seater stadium on July 23 at Optus Stadium in an Australia-exclusive friendly.

Goal's Josh Thomas sat down with Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham and Kasey Palmer  to discuss their hopes of breaking into the first team this season ahead of the match.

The west London side headed to Europe to begin their International Champions Cup campaign against Inter at the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, winning through penalties, before falling in to Arsenal in a shootout at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin shortly after.

They concluded their pre-season preparation with a shootout win in home friendly against Lyon, having lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.


Chelsea 2018-19 squad numbers


Squad numberPositionPlayer
1GKKepa Arrizabalaga
2DFAntonio Rudiger
3DFMarcos Alonso
4MFCesc Fabregas
5MFJorginho
6MFDanny Drinkwater
7MFN'Golo Kante
8MFRoss Barkley
10MFEden Hazard
11MFPedro
13GKWilly Caballero
14MFRuben Loftus-Cheek
15DFVictor Moses
17MFMateo Kovacic
18FWOlivier Giroud
21DFDavide Zappacosta
22MFWillian
23FWMichy Batshuayi
24DFGary Cahill
27DFAndreas Christensen
28DFCesar Azpilicueta
29FWAlvaro Morata
30DFDavid Luiz
32MFLucas Paizon
33DFEmerson
40FWIzzy Brown
41DFOla Aina
44MFEthan Ampadu
51GKMarcin Bulka
-MFTiemoue Bakayoko

Chelsea's 2018-19 transfer activity


Chelsea recently announced the dismissal of manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge of the club with confirmation that ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is to assume duties as head coach. 

Sarri brought midfielder Jorginho along with him to Stamford Bridge for a fee of €57 million (£51m/$66m), which marked Chelsea's first big signing in the transfer window.

The Blues dipped into the transfer market again, making a world-record goalkeeper signing in the form of £72 million (€80m/$92m) Kepa Arrizabalaga as Real Madrid landed Belgium international Thibaut Courtois off the back of a successful World Cup.

Transfer activity in

PositionPlayerTransferred fromFeeDate
DMJorginhoNapoli£51mJuly 14
GKRobert GreenHuddersfieldFreeJuly 26
MFMateo KovacicReal MadridSwapAug 8
GKKepa ArrizabalagaAthletic Bilbao£72mAug 8

Transfer activity out

PositionPlayerTransferred toFeeDate
DFBaba RahmanSchalkeLoanJuly 1
MFRuben SammutFalkirkLoanJuly 1
DFTrevoh ChalobahIpswich TownLoanJuly 1
GKNathan BaxterYeovil TownLoanJuly 1
DFReece JamesWigan AthleticLoanJuly 1
DFDujon SterlingCoventry CityLoanJuly 1
MFLewis BakerLeeds UnitedLoanJuly 1
DFJake Clarke-SalterVitesseLoanJuly 2
MFDanilo PanticPartizanLoanJuly 5
GKEduardoVitesseLoanJuly 6
DFJonathan PanzoMonaco£2.7mJuly 6
MFJordan HoughtonMK DonsLoanJuly 6
MFKenedyNewcastleLoanJuly 12
FWJoao RodriguezTenerifeLoanJuly 12
MFKyle ScottTelstarLoanJuly 14
GKJamal BlackmanLeeds UnitedLoanJuly 16
DFTodd KaneHull CityLoanJuly 17
MFMason MountDerby CountyLoanJuly 17
MFCharlie ColkettShrewsbury TownLoanJuly 21
MFJeremie BogaSassuolo£3.5mJuly 21
FWNathanAtletico MineiroLoanJuly 24
MFMario PasalicAtalantaLoanJuly 25
MFJacob MaddoxCheltenham TownLoanJuly 26
MFVictorien AngbanMetzLoanJuly 27
GKThibaut CourtoisReal Madrid£31mAugust 8
DFKurt ZoumaEvertonLoanAugust 10
FWMichy BatshuayiValenciaLoanAugust 10

Chelsea's 2018-19 Premier League fixtures


The Premier League has confirmed that the 2018-19 season will get under way on Saturday August 11.

Fixtures were released early in the morning of June 14 and Chelsea will kick off their campaign with an away game against Huddersfield Town before hosting rivals Arsenal in their first London derby of the season the following week. Newcastle United, Bournemouth and Cardiff City complete the Blues' opening five games of the season.

Liverpool and Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge on September 29 and October 20 respectively, while champions Manchester City pay their first visit to the venue on December 8.

Chelsea's full Premier League fixture list can be seen below.

DateTimeMatch
11/08/201815:00Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
18/08/201817:30Chelsea v Arsenal
26/08/201816:00Newcastle United v Chelsea
01/09/201815:00Chelsea v A.F.C. Bournemouth
15/09/201815:00Chelsea v Cardiff City
23/09/201813:30West Ham United v Chelsea
29/09/201812:30Chelsea v Liverpool
06/10/201815:00Southampton v Chelsea
20/10/201815:00Chelsea v Manchester United
27/10/201815:00Burnley v Chelsea
03/11/201815:00Chelsea v Crystal Palace
10/11/201815:00Chelsea v Everton
24/11/201815:00Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
01/12/201815:00Chelsea v Fulham
04/12/201819:45Wolverhampton v Chelsea
08/12/201815:00Chelsea v Manchester City
15/12/201815:00Brighton v Chelsea
22/12/201815:00Chelsea v Leicester City
26/12/201815:00Watford v Chelsea
29/12/201815:00Crystal Palace v Chelsea
01/01/201915:00Chelsea v Southampton
12/01/201915:00Chelsea v Newcastle United
19/01/201915:00Arsenal v Chelsea
29/01/201919:45A.F.C. Bournemouth v Chelsea
02/02/201915:00Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
09/02/201915:00Manchester City v Chelsea
23/02/201915:00Chelsea v Brighton
27/02/201919:45Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
02/03/201915:00Fulham v Chelsea
09/03/201915:00Chelsea v Wolverhampton
16/03/201915:00Everton v Chelsea
30/03/201915:00Cardiff City v Chelsea
06/04/201915:00Chelsea v West Ham United
13/04/201915:00Liverpool v Chelsea
20/04/201915:00Chelsea v Burnley
27/04/201915:00Manchester United v Chelsea
04/05/201915:00Chelsea v Watford
12/05/201915:00Leicester City v Chelsea

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