Chelsea logoChelsea

Chelsea's Preparations for the 2010-11 Season Begin To Take Shape

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Chelsea Manager Carlo Ancelotti reacts during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Final match between Chelsea and Portsmouth at Wembley Stadium on May 15, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Alan McGuinnessSenior Analyst IJune 8, 2010

Chelsea’s preparations for the 2010/11 season are starting to become clearer.

The Blues will begin their preseason with a friendly against fellow Londoners Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, July 17.

After that it is on to mainland Europe for a match against Eredivisie runners-up Ajax on Friday, July 23.

This is followed by a clash with Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, August 1 and then German side Hamburg on Wednesday, August 4.

Although an official date has not yet been announced, it is relatively safe to assume that the Community Shield game against Manchester United—the traditional curtain raiser to the English season—will be on Sunday August 8, a week before the Premier League season begins.

A date to mark in your diaries is 9 am on Thursday June 17.

This is the day that the fixtures for the 2010/11 Premier League season are released.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti and his players will then know the path they will have to tread as they seek to retain the trophy they won last season.

With regards to potential comings and goings at Stamford Bridge, all is quiet at the moment.

This is in a large part due to the World Cup in South Africa, which starts this Friday and finishes on July 11.

The word is that two or three signings are to be expected, with a similar number heading the other way.

Who is staying and going is conjecture at the moment, and this is likely to remain the case until after the World Cup.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices