The current English Premier League champions Chelsea will be facing Germany Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup (ICC in Singapore on Tuesday 25 July,2017.
London-based Chelsea won two of the last three Premier League titles, while Bayern have made it five out of five Bundesliga championships since 2013.
For both clubs the match in Singapore not only offers the coach the invaluable opportunity of testing his side against top-class opposition ahead of their respective title defences, it also gives an opportunity to their ever-growing Asian supporter base to see their heroes live.
It is hardly surprising then, that both Italian coaches – Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti, who is in charge of Bayern – have opted to take a strong squad to the ICC.
Conte, who took Chelsea to the FA Cup final and won the league in his first season in charge of the club, has just signed a new two-year contract with the Blues.
“I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea. We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top,” he said.
The ICC will provide a first indication how strong the team is, as they attempt to win a third Premier League title in four years.
New signing Antonio Rudiger will be facing some of his Germany team-mates in the match against Bayern. The international defender was given time-off by Chelsea after winning the Confederations Cup with Die Mannschaft and missed the China part of the Asia visit.
Ancelotti, meanwhile, is using Bayern’s trip to give some talented youngsters like Felix Götze and Christian Früchtl an opportunity to work with the likes of Franck Ribery, Mats Hummels, Thomas Müller, David Alaba and new signing James Rodriguez.
Götze, 19, is the younger brother of Germany star Mario, while Früchtl, who is even two years younger, is considered the top goalkeeping talent in Germany.
Both have signed professional contracts with the club.
Attacking midfielder Müller said that he was pleased to be playing in Asia. “I could feel the enthusiasm of the fans on our arrival at the airport itself. They are even warmer than two years ago,” he said.
With matches of such high calibre, it is not surprising that all of the games are being televised.
The Sports Director of the StarTimes Media Division, Cole He Xin, whose company will be screening all matches live and exclusive, said he is sure that the match will provide fans with plenty of excitement.
“Of course they will be looking forward to some of the big-name players, like Ribery, Alaba, Müller, David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas. But then it also provides them with an opportunity of seeing some of the up-and-coming stars of the future in action and I am certain that some of the unknown players who will feature in the match will be huge stars in the future.” Chelsea vs Bayern Munich will be broadcast live and exclusive on the StarTimes World Football channel at 13:35 CAT on Tuesday 25 July.
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