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Werder Bremen vs. Chelsea: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA - JULY 27: Team manager of Chelsea Jose Mourinho reacts during the Pre Season Friendly  match between FC Olimpija Ljubljana and Chelsea at Stozice stadium in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2014

Chelsea and Werder Bremen continue their pre-season campaigns as they face each other for a friendly match at the Weserstadion on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho will be hoping to maintain his side's winning form ahead of the Premier League season as they face up to arguably their toughest opponents yet.

The Blues will see the return of their Belgian contingent following the World Cup as the Portuguese manager plans for the start of the new term.

Read on for full scheduling, television and live streaming information for what is set to be a well-fought match.

 

Date: Sunday, August 3

Time: 4 p.m. BST, 11 a.m. ET

TV Info: Chelsea TV

Live Stream: Chelsea TV (available in the UK and US, subscription required)

 

Preview

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Werder Bremen will be looking to kick on from their recent 2-2 draw with Athletic Bilbao and perform well against a strong Chelsea side ahead of the new Bundesliga season.

They finished 12th in the German top flight last season, but an undefeated pre-season thus far looks to be building confidence in the side.

That would be increased if they could claim a result against the Blues, and having scored 13 goals in their last three games, they look well set to at least get on the scoresheet.

With Hertha Berlin to play in their first league match of the season later this month, manager Robin Dutt will be eager for his players to perform against a top side.

The Germans will be without striker Davie Selke, who is making waves at the U19 European Championships, per Sky Germany's Jan Aage Fjortoft:

However, in the likes of Nils Petersen, Eljero Elia and Franco di Santo, they have men in form who can bag the goals.

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA - JULY 27: Didier Drogba of FC Chelsea looks on prior the Pre Season Friendly  match between FC Olimpija Ljubljana and FC Chelsea at Stozice stadium in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Ima
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Chelsea will provide a tough test for the German side, and they welcome the return of the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard. Chelsea tweeted the lineup:

The Belgian keeper is likely to get some minutes under his belt as he attempts to secure the No. 1 spot ahead of veteran Petr Cech having spent the last three years on loan at Atletico Madrid, per The Sun:

Didier Drogba may make his return in a Chelsea shirt as well, having re-signed for the west London club, a sight many Blues fans will be eager to see considering the Ivorian's legendary status, per football journalist Ben Hardicre:

With such quality on show in the Chelsea side—Hazard should also get a run out along with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas—they will surely bag a few goals and should prevail against the Bundesliga side.

A lack of clinical finishing was an issue for Chelsea last season and led to them missing out on the Premier League title.

However, Mourinho has added quality in attack, and he will hope to see his side's prolific scoring—they have 16 in six pre-season games so far—continue in Germany.

The Blues will be serious contenders on all fronts next season and should have enough to overwhelm Werder Bremen and build momentum ahead of the new term. 

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