SE­LECT PRE­SEA­SON SCHED­ULES

CityPress - - Sport - AR­SE­NAL July 15: July 18: July 25: July 26: Au­gust 2: CHELSEA July 23: July 25: July 29: Au­gust 2: LIVER­POOL MANCH­ESTER CITY July 21: July 24: MANCH­ESTER UNITED July 18: July 21: July 25: July 30: – TEAMtalk Media

Tro­phy) Chelsea will be look­ing for a strong show­ing as they pre­pare to de­fend their top-flight crown next term and have some chal­leng­ing matches lined up for July, most no­tably against FC Barcelona and Paris Sain­tGer­main in the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup, where they could also meet Real Madrid or AS Roma in the lat­ter stages of the friendly tour­na­ment.

The Blues will also raise the cur­tain on the new sea­son in the Com­mu­nity Shield a week be­fore the open­ing round of Premier League fix­tures, and will face FA Cup win­ners and Lon­don ri­vals Ar­se­nal.

Prior to that, the Gun­ners will duke it out in the Bar­clays Asia Cup, start­ing off with a clash against a Sin­ga­pore 11 in mid-July be­fore fac­ing Ever­ton or Stoke. Arsène Wenger’s men will then re­turn to Eng­land for the Emi­rates Cup, where they will face Lyon and Wolfs­burg be­fore tak­ing on Chelsea at Wem­b­ley.

Mean­while, 2014/15 Premier League run­ners-up Manch­ester City are set for a rel­a­tively quiet pre­sea­son in terms of their friendly fix­tures, with only ties against Roma and Real Madrid in the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup in Aus­tralia lined up for Manuel Pel­le­grini’s side, who will be des­per­ate to put their tro­phy­less cam­paign be­hind them and look for­ward to a re­vived chal­lenge.

At Manch­ester United, Louis van Gaal will be look­ing to fine-tune his squad as they pre­pare for a re­turn to Cham­pi­ons League football thanks to their fourth-place fin­ish last sea­son. The Red Devils, like ri­vals City, will also be in the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup – in North Amer­ica – but have sched­uled twice as many games, start­ing against Club América and San Jose Earth­quakes be­fore tak­ing on Barcelona and Paris Sain­tGer­main.

Liver­pool will be hop­ing for a muchim­proved show­ing in 2015/16 af­ter man­ag­ing a measly sixth-place fin­ish last sea­son, and have sched­uled more friendly matches than any of their big ri­vals, with the Reds kick­ing off their pre­sea­son work­out against Thai Premier League All Stars be­fore matches in Aus­tralia against Bris­bane Roar and Ade­laide United, fol­lowed by a clash with a Malaysia 11 and a fi­nal match against HJK Helsinki.

Tot­ten­ham have some telling fix­tures lined up, against Real Madrid and Bay­ern Mu­nich or AC Mi­lan in the Audi Cup, while Southamp­ton will be pre­oc­cu­pied with their Europa League qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign, where they start in the third round at the end of July.

Premier League new­com­ers Wat­ford are not look­ing to get too ahead of them­selves and will face AFC Wim­ble­don, Ein­tra­cht Braun­schweig and Pader­born, while fel­low pro­mo­tees Nor­wich play no fewer than five friendly matches be­tween July and Au­gust.

Back in the big time are AFC Bournemouth, who have a quin­tet of fix­tures lined up, in­clud­ing ties against Philadelphia Union, Ex­eter City and Nantes.

vs Sin­ga­pore 11 (Bar­clays Asia

vs Ever­ton or Stoke (Bar­clays Asia Tro­phy) vs Lyon (Emi­rates Cup) vs Wolfs­burg (Emi­rates Cup)

vs Chelsea (Com­mu­nity Shield)

vs New York Red Bulls (In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup)

vs Paris Saint-Ger­main (In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup)

vs Barcelona (In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup)

vs Ar­se­nal (Com­mu­nity Shield) July 14: vs Thai Premier League All Stars July 17: vs Bris­bane Roar July 20: vs Ade­laide United July 24: vs Malaysia 11 Au­gust 1: vs HJK Helsinki

vs Roma (In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup)

vs Real Madrid (In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup)

vs Club América (In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup)

vs San Jose Earth­quakes (In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup)

vs Barcelona (In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup)

vs Paris Saint-Ger­main (In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup)

GET­TING READY José Mour­inho is aim­ing for another

good pre­sea­son

with Chelsea

TIME OFF Ser­gio Agüero may miss

City’s pre­sea­son friendlies due to the

Copa América

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