AFC Wimbledon vs. Chelsea: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview

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AFC Wimbledon vs. Chelsea: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview
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Chelsea continue the start of their preseason programme as they face off against fellow Londoners AFC Wimbledon.

Jose Mourinho will be hoping to give a run out to many of his reserves as he lets them battle it out for a first-team opportunity.

Here is how you can watch the game:

 

When: Saturday, July 19, at 3 p.m. BST (10 a.m. ET)

Where: Cherry Red Records Stadium, Kingston Upon Thames, England

TV: Chelsea TV

 

Jose Mourinho to Prove Why He Is the Special One

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To Chelsea fans, Jose Mourinho has nothing to prove, but last year was somewhat of a disappointment for the Blues as they finished the season struggling.

Their championship challenge fell away sharply in the final weeks, and their Champions League campaign ended abruptly so close to the final.

Mourinho spent a lot of last season bemoaning the fact that he needed to strengthen his squad, and the owner has answered the call with the capture of Spain's hitman, Diego Costa.

The 25-year-old was the star of La Liga last season as his team Atletico Madrid won the title in style.

The player hit 35 goals in 46 La Liga and European matches, per WhoScored.com, and he is sure to add the firepower that Mourinho has been crying out for.

But the record of one of Mourinho's forwards was not so bad—Demba Ba, who has now left Stamford Bridge.

Football writer Michael Cox highlighted this when he tweeted:

With Ba now departed, the future of Fernando Torres also looks bleak as he looks to play second fiddle to his international teammate Costa. A long spell on the bench will almost definitely be Torres' immediate future.

Now in his second season in charge of his second spell, Mourinho will be better prepared to bring Chelsea back the glory they crave, and with an improved squad, they are the danger team in England, at present.

If they can gel early on and get a solid preseason under their belts, they could run away with the Premier League in 2014-15.

 

Chelsea to Play the Kids Against AFC Wimbledon

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The game against Wimbledon is purely one about fitness and sharpness, but Chelsea will also use it to blood their impressive youth team.

Charlie Skillen of the Mail Online recently wrote about the club's youth products who starred in the recent preseason match against Wycombe.

Helped by a few veterans, the young players won the match 5-0.

Izzy Brown and Patrick Bamford shone for Chelsea in the game and showed the depth that Mourinho has in his ranks.

Kurt Zouma also featured for the Blues—a £12 million signing last season, per Skillen—and he could be a surprise inclusion in Chelsea's first-team squad when the Premier League kicks off.

Skillen said of Zouma:

The 19-year-old looked far more assured once moved to centre-half next to John Terry. Showing awareness, calmness and the no-nonsense physical style that became his trademark in the French league, the defender will have impressed the travelling support.

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The boys have a chance to impress their coach once again, and it is likely that Wimbledon will not have the quality to deal with the Blues' skilful kids.

It should be a good afternoon of work for the Chelsea lads as they look to make the best impression possible.

Chelsea should win the game comfortably as they prepare to play tougher opposition on their preseason tour.

Prediction: Wimbledon 1 Chelsea 4 

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