Mauricio Pochettino may unveil new Chelsea tactic for next season against Wrexham

Chelsea will play their first pre-season game tomorrow against ambitious League Two side Wrexham in North Carolina.
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Chelsea fans will get the opportunity to see their team for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino when they take on newly promoted League Two side Wrexham in North Carolina.

Pochettino began work at the start of this month and has been training with the team in their Surrey base in Cobham where defender Wesley Fofana unfortunately picked up an ACL injury.

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Chelsea have also only been able to bring in a handful of players including Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson following the departures of players like Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Kai Havertz.

Prime summer transfer target is Brighton and Hove Albion’s Moises Caicedo but it remains to be seen if they can agree on a fee, with the Seagulls holding out for at least £100million while Chelsea have only gone close to £75million.

On the pitch, Chelsea have been trying new things including Pochettino’s famed 4-2-3-1/ 4-3-3 formation which he could drill into players ahead of their first game of the season.

The squad has so many youngsters and injuries to players like Reece James for example, gives an opportunity for someone like Malo Gusto to step up and show his managers what he is capable of doing.

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Wrexham are an ambitious side, and they will present the Blues with the perfect game to get their pre-season training going before tougher tests against Brighton, Fulham, Newcastle and Dortmund come along.

Chelsea will also keep an eye on the transfer market especially now that it has been confirmed Fofana has undergone surgery with Pochettino admitting they might need a new defender following the injury to the talented french international.

He said: “We feel all so sad. All we can do is help him. After that, because he is a player that is important for the team and the squad.

“Of course, we now need to think and see if we keep as we are, or if we need to work to maybe add some players.”

Chelsea have always maintained Levi Colwell was not for sale all summer but the injuries to Fofana and Badiashile has made it quite clear that he will play a massive role in the team next season.

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