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Chelsea vs Fiorentina: Lineups, match discussion, and how to watch the International Champions Cup

Fiorentina travel to Stamford Bridge to take on the English champions as part of the International Champions Cup.

Sweaty Giuseppe and his purple pals take on Chelsea 'Evil Empire Incarnate' FC
Sweaty Giuseppe and his purple pals take on Chelsea 'Evil Empire Incarnate' FC
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Team news

Mario Suarez makes his first start for Fiorentina and is joined by Mati Fernandez returning from his Copa America success. Ronacaglia starts despite the on-going Marseille will-he, won't-he affair. A strong XI from Fiorentina stand an excellent charge against an under-strength Chelsea side.

The formation is anyone's guess. While Sousa likes his 4-2-3-1, it could just as easily be a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-1-1. Probably best to just describe it as 'fluid.'

After a toothless struggle against Arsenal in last Sunday's Community Shield, Chelsea have completely changed their line up with half an eye on their opening Premier League fixture against Swansea. Only John Terry holds his place from the weekend, with Jose Mourinho rotating in a mixture of youth and second string players. Oscar and the footballer formerly known as Falcao both start.

Perhaps the big news for Fiorentina fans is a rare Chelsea appearance from Juan Cuadrado. He starts tonight at right back, presumably so Jose Mourinho can crush any further semblance of fun and creativity from the Colombian's game. While he may have roamed free and wild in his early right back days, it seems as though tonight he'll be asked to replicate the husky shuffle of Branislav Ivanovic (who might technically be the opposite of Cuadrado in every single respect.)


CHELSEA (4-2-3-1): Begovic; Cuadrado, Zouma, Terry (c), Aina; Mikel, Loftus-Cheek; Traore, Oscar, Moses; Falcao

Bench: Courtois, Blackman, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Matic, Fabregas, Ramires, Hazard, Willian, Remy

FIORENTINA (4-2-3-1): Sepe; Roncaglia, Tomovic, Gonzalo, Alonso; Suarez, Gilberto; Vecino, Mati, Rebic; Babacar


Viewing options

TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK); Fox Sports 1, ESPN Deportes+ (USA), GEM (Australia)

Online: Fox Sports Go, Watch ESPN (USA), Chelsea TV Online

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