What does Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea look like?
On Sunday morning, July 23, Chelsea and Brighton’s preseason matchup in the PL Summer Series gets underway in the United States. The PL Summer Series is a nine-match preseason tournament between six PL clubs – Chelsea, Brighton, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Brentford, and Fulham – in the U.S. It will be interesting to see if Korean international Kim Ji-Soo, who joined Brentford this summer, will play in the tournament.
After finishing sixth in the 22-23 PL, Brighton qualified for the Europa League for the first time in their history. Meanwhile, Chelsea, who finished the season with 44 points, their lowest total since the inception of the PL, will be looking to rebound with a new manager. The two clubs are locked in a tug-of-war over the transfer of Moises Caicedo, making this matchup even more interesting.
After finishing 12th in the league last season, Chelsea hired Pochettino from “London rivals” Tottenham. In his five-plus years at the helm, Pochettino unleashed the potential of Son Heung-min and led Spurs to their first-ever UEFA Champions League final in the 18-19 season. Under Pochettino, the rejuvenated Blues have embarked on a massive overhaul of the squad. Key players such as Kai Havertz (Arsenal), Mason Mount (Man Utd), Mateo Kovacic (Man City), Cesar Aspilicueta (AT Madrid), Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (AC Milan) left the club. With new faces like Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson, can the Seagulls rebound in 23-24?
Brighton are facing their first European competition under new manager Roberto De Zerbi, who took over midway through last season. With the departure of midfield stalwart Alexis Sanchez (Liverpool) and Kaysedo also being linked with a move to Chelsea, Kaoru Mitoma, who impressed last season with 10 goals and seven assists, is likely to remain at Brighton. The Seagulls, who are making their first appearance in the Europa League, have been successful in bringing in Mahmoud Dahoud and James Milner in free agency. The two players, who have played a lot of European competition for their former clubs, should bring a new energy to the Seagulls, who are making their first appearance in the Europa League. 토토사이트
The Chelsea vs. Brighton match to open the 23-24 PL is set for an 8 a.m. kickoff on Sunday, Nov. 23.
Meanwhile, Brentford’s newest addition to the squad is Kim Ji-Soo. Born in 2004, Kim is a 6-foot-2 defender with excellent physicality. With Brentford facing Fulham, Brighton, and Aston Villa, it will be interesting to see if Kim can get some playing time.
Brentford’s first game, against Fulham, is scheduled for a 5 a.m. kickoff on Monday, Sept. 24.