December 4, 2022

Chelsea find Fifa Club World Cup course – Al Hilal, Al Jazira or Auckland City in semis

UAE champions Al Jazira and Oceania agents Auckland meet in the first round, with the victor of that tie confronting Asian heroes Al Hilal.

Chelsea face the champs of that game out on the town yet to be affirmed.

As of late crowed Copa Libertadores champs Palmeiras will confront Al Ahly or Monterrey in the other semi-last.

The competition, which incorporates the bosses of every landmass (despite the fact that Auckland were chosen as there was no OFC Champions League) and the heroes of the host country, will occur from 3 to 12 February 2022.

Liverpool (2019) and Manchester United (2008) are the main past English champs, with Chelsea losing to Corinthians in the 2012 last.

Two of Chelsea’s Premier League games are probably going to require rescheduling – their excursion to Brighton on Tuesday, 8 February and home match against Arsenal on Saturday, 12 February.

The competition conflicts with the Africa Cup of Nations – which closes on 6 February – which means Chelsea could be without manager Edouard Mendy and winger Hakim Ziyech on the off chance that Senegal and Morocco separately have great runs.

African bosses Al Ahly could be without a large portion of their best option group of Egypt internationals, with previous Tottenham striker Mido calling it “ill bred to Africa”.

The competition was set to happen in December in Japan however they pulled out as hosts due to the Covid-19 pandemic.