There is not really time for Fiorentina to relax and have an espresso after their big but meaningless win against Barcelona on Sunday. The team landed in London today, ready to face Chelsea in their last International Champions Cup match of the summer, and if the lineup at the weekend was any indication, we should see another reasonably strong lineup from new manager Paulo Sousa to face the defending English Champions.
Chelsea and small-Universe-unto-himself Jose Mourinho are rebounding from a Community Shield loss to Arsenal, a loss that the team and their fans are apparently taking quite well and not at all over-analyzing. Knowing Mourinho, he will hope for a reaction from the squad indifferent of who plays; said reaction hopefully won't mean Giuseppe Rossi getting the stuffing kicked out of him during his minutes.
This friendly against the Blues - nicely redubbed by quite-good fellow SB Nation blog We Ain't Got No History as an "awkwardly" - has a surprising amount of intangibles. Let alone the enduring saga of
[content removed], but remember why [that same content removed again] came to Fiorentina? That's right, because Juan Cuadrado went the other way! Expect the Colombian to get some minutes against his former club tomorrow evening, despite so-far struggling to make the jump to English football.
In the Cuadrado-getting-playing-time vein, the London side are very much expected to start a mainly second string formation despite wishing to rebound from the recent loss to Arsenal, as the BPL season starts the coming weekend, and Mourinho will not risk tiring out or injuring any truly important players. Radamel Falcao is expected to start for the home side though, report WAGNH in their preview.
On the Fiorentina end, there will also likely be some rotation to the side that beat Barca in order to avoid overburdening players, while giving extra ones to others still working on their conditioning. Expect a debut appearance for Brazilian signing Gilberto, while Davide Astori is not in the roster for this match despite his move to the Viola becoming official.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtouis; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Loftus-Cheek; Cuadrado, Remy, Moses; Falcao
FIORENTINA (4-3-3): Sepe; Roncaglia, Gonzalo, Basanta, Alonso; Vecino, M. Suarez, Badelj; Fazzi, Babacar, Rossi
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