Chelsea hand Chalobah competitive debut in Super Cup final
Chelsea back in action
Chelsea are back in action this evening as they travel to Belfast to contest the European Super Cup. The west Londoners, by virtue of winning the Champions League, have earned their position in the fixture, and are set to take on Villareal. The Spanish side defeated Manchester United on penalties to lift the Europa League trophy.
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Returning to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon against Crystal Palace, the Blues have a chance to win early silverware in what would surely come as a boost to the entire squad.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have enjoyed a fruitful pre-season, beating Arsenal and drawing with Tottenham Hostpur on their way to winning the pre-season Mind series tournament.
Trevor Chalobah making Chelsea debut
Tuchel named a surprising side to take on the yellow submarine, with youngster Trevor Chalobah the most notable addition to the side.
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Chalobah, a central defender who can also play in defensive midfield, spent last season on loan at French side Lorient. During his time in France, Chalobah racked up 30 appearances and registering two goals and two assists in the process.
Although he played in several of the Blues’ pre-season friendlies, he was not expected to start in the Chelsea backline in competitive fixtures, with the likes of Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma all thought to be ahead of Chalobah in the pecking order.
However, the Super Cup final offers the 22 year old a chance to prove his worth to the Chelsea side, and perhaps convince Tuchel that he can step up when required in the Premier League this season.