Reading vs Chelsea FC: The match is available on Chelsea TV Reading vs Chelsea FC can be found on channel 419 on Sky. All pre-season games remaining are available at £10.99 for the UK and Ireland, globally though just the Reading vs Chelsea FC friendly is available on Chelsea TV. The game can be viewed on The 5th Stand app too, making it even easier for fans
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be hoping his team take another step forward in pre-season on Sunday, when they face Reading in a friendly encounter.
The Blues have had a mixed set of results this summer, although they performed well in their most recent outing, getting the better of Barcelona. Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley were on the scoresheet in a 2-1 win for Chelsea in at the Saitama Stadium in Japan.
With the team back on home soil, Lampard will surely ramp up preparations ahead of the new campaign. After this fixture, Chelsea have games against Bundesliga outfits Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig before their Premier League opener against Manchester United on August 11.
Date: Sunday, July 28
Time: 3 p.m. (BST), 10 a.m. (ET)
TV Info: Chelsea TV (UK)
Live Stream: Chelsea website (UK)
For Lampard, it’s been a full-on introduction to managing Chelsea because he’s had to take his team on a high-profile pre-season tour.
Against Barcelona, there were signs the team had benefitted from the work being done on the training pitch, as the Blues were more than a match for their illustrious opponents. The extra energy and sharpness Chelsea had saw them on top in the contest for long spells.
Here is what the new Chelsea boss had to say about the winning display in Japan:
‘I’m pleased with the attitude and spirit in the group and it’s something we’re going to build on.’ 💪
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Abraham would have also been delighted to have grabbed a goal as he seeks to establish himself as part of the first-team setup at Stamford Bridge this season.
Per Football Whispers, he’s been handed the No. 9 jersey at Chelsea, a shirt that has weighed down a number of its predecessors:
Tammy Abraham is Chelsea’s tenth different No.9 in 15 years.
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G. Higuaín (5)
A. Morata (16)
R. Falcao (1)
F. Torres (20)
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S. Sidwell (0)
K. Boulahrouz (0)
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M. Kežman (4)
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Lampard has also made stylistic tweaks to predecessor Maurizio Sarri’s blueprint.
The Italian exclusively played a 4-3-3 system, with Jorginho operating as a deep-lying playmaker at the base of the midfield trio. In pre-season, Lampard has favoured a 4-2-3-1 and showcased more flexibility in the way he wants the team to play.
Against Barcelona, Jorginho shifted into one of the two holding-midfield positions alongside Mateo Kovacic. Chelsea broadcaster Alex Goldberg thinks the formation is a better fit for a number of the club’s midfielders: ea have returned to the UK after their successful pre-season tour of Japan to face Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.
Blues coach Frank Lampard will be impressed with what he saw as his side beat Barcelona 2-1 in Saitama, with Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley both getting on the scoresheet against the Catalans.
With the Premier League season less than two weeks away, it’s time for the 41-year-old to test out his favoured starting XI ahead of their opener against Manchester United on August 11.
Lampard will be without key midfielder N’Golo Kante as the Frenchman recovers from a knee injury, while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek remain sidelined with Achilles injuries.
Reading will provide a stern test as they prepare for another season in the Championship guided by Portuguese manager Jose Gomes.
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Lampard is preparing for his first season in charge at Chelsea Photo: REUTERS
Here’s how you can follow Sunday’s action…
TV channel and live stream information
Reading vs Chelsea will be shown live on Chelsea TV in the UK, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm BST on Sunday afternoon.
As Chelsea TV is no longer available to viewers with a Sky subscription, you can only watch the game on Chelsea’s official website or via the club’s app, The 5th Stand.
Standard Sport will have full coverage of the match and you can follow by tuning into our dedicated live blog.
After a brief break following a trip halfway across the globe, Chelsea resume preseason with a short trip down the M4 to the Madejski, last visited in early 2013. This will be Chelsea’s fifth of seven friendlies this summer, and the first of the final trio of games to be played over a span of just eight days — the standard workload for much of the upcoming season.
For Reading, this will be their final preparatory match. The Championship season begins the week before the Premier League, with the Royals hosting Sheffield Wednesday on the opening Saturday.
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Date / Time: Sunday, July 28, 2019, 15:00 BST; 10am EDT; 7:30pm IST
Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading, England
Forecast: Warm but overcast
On TV: none
Streaming online: Chelsea TV (£10.99 for the entire preseason on the website; not prorated) or the 5th Stand app (£1.99 per game, back to previous silly pricing after the £3.99 extreme silliness against Barcelona). If you had a Chelsea TV subscription last season, the games should still be available to you for free. In the UK/Ireland, all 7 preseason games will be available on Chelsea TV. Globally, the rights for the games against Kawasaki Frontale, Barcelona, RB Salzburg, and Borussia Mönchengladbach might belong to other rights-holders and thus might not be available through Chelsea TV.
Reading team news: Emerging unscathed from season-long relegation battle last year, a season started under former Chelsea assistant Paul Clement but finished with José Gomes, Reading will certainly he hoping for a better time of things this season.
Veteran signings Charlie Adam and Michael Morrison should add some quality into the squad, while they also welcome back Matt Miazga on loan, though it’s unclear if he’ll be ready to play in the friendly. Former Chelsea prospects Sam Walker, goalkeeper, and John Swift, midfielder, will undoubtedly be looking forward to this big test.
“It’ll be a tough game [but] it’s always good to go up against a top opposition like Chelsea. You want to get the best out of your last pre-season game. You obviously want to win, but Chelsea are a top team so you want to go into that game and give everything you can […]’
“It’ll be my first time playing against them! A game is a game at the end of the day. I’ve been away from Chelsea for years now so it’ll just be good to come up against the opposition that they have and to see what I can do really, just try and do my best.
-John Swift; source: Reading FC
Chelsea team news: The Blues remain without the injured quintet of N’Golo Kanté, Antonion Rüdiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Willian — though at least Kanté’s expected back before the season starts. Otherwise, it’s full steam ahead for the squad, which will still need to be reduced by a handful of players in the final month of the European transfer window (which still runs through the end of August).
Previously: Chelsea showed plenty of promise in the 2-1 win over Barcelona on Tuesday.