Kawasaki Frontale vs Chelsea Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Chelsea and Kawasaki Frontale meet on Friday as the Blues continue their pre-season campaign under new manager Frank Lampard against the J1 League champions in the 72,000 seater Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. 

After a solid 4-0 win last time out against St Patrick’s Athletic in Dublin, they will be looking to continue that form here. 

They will be boosted by the arrival of Christian Pulisic, who has joined the squad for the first time since leaving Borussia Dortmund. He had been given extra time off following his involvement at the Gold Cup this summer with the USA.

Here’s everything you need to know about the clash.


Where to Watch

?When Is Kick Off? ?Friday 19 July
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?11:00 (BST)
?Where Is it Played? ?Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?Chelsea TV
?Referee? ?TBC

Team News

As mentioned previously, ?Chelsea will be welcoming Pulisic to the squad for the first time ?as he joined up with the squad for the first time, and he could feature from the outset.

?N’Golo Kante has stepped up his recovery programme after working closely with the fitness and physio staff to recover from a knee issue. With two games in Japan scheduled, including Barcelona on 23 July, we could see Kante feature in some capacity.

However, Chelsea will be without Ethan Ampadu, who hasn’t travelled to Japan as Lampard hopes to send the young Welshman out on loan.

Predicted Lineups

Chelsea ?Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Luiz, Emerson; Jorginho, Mount, Kovacic; Pulisic, Batshuayi, Giroud.

Head to Head Record

?Chelsea in recent seasons have taken their pre-season to Asia but haven’t competed against Kawasaki Frontale before.

The Japanese side were head and shoulders above everyone else and qualified for the AFC Champions League in their 2018 campaign, but are currently third in the league this season, albeit with a game in hand.

Recent Form

Chelsea got their pre-season underway with a 1-1 draw Bohemians in Dublin, with ?Michy Batshuayi with the goal. Their second game was much improved as they produced a 4-0 victory over St Patrick’s Athletic, with Mason Mount, Emerson and Olivier Giroud among the goals.

Frontale are unbeaten in their last 15 competitive games, last losing a match in April.

Here’s how each side has featured in their last five games.

?Chelsea Kawasaki Frontale?
?St. Patricks 0-4 Chelsea (13/7)  ?FC Tokyo 0-3 Kawasaki Frontale (14/7)
?Bohemians 1-1 Chelsea (10/7) ?Kawasaki Frontale 0-0 Sagan Tosu (7/7)
?Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal (29/5) ?Kawasaki Frontale 1-0 Meiji University (3/7)
?New England Revolution 0-3 Chelsea (16/5) ?Jubilo Iwata 1-3 Kawasaki Frontale (30/6)
?Leicester 0-0 Chelsea (12/5) ?Kawasaki Frontale 1-1 Consadole Sapporo (14/6)


Overall, Chelsea should look to build on their recent 4-0 in Ireland with another victory here. This is their strongest pre-season squad so far and the inclusion of Pulisic should be a boost.

Expect a Chelsea win and you’d be silly to write off a potential debut goal for Pulisic.

Prediction: Kawasaki Frontale 0-3 Chelsea?


FA Issues Statement on Kit Advertising Following Release of Huddersfield Monstrosity

?The Football Association have contacted Huddersfield Town following the release of their new Paddy Power sponsored kit. 

The kit was revealed much to the shock of Terriers fans, carrying a large diagonal sash touting the name of their sponsor across the front of the kit.

Though the kit does feature Huddersfield’s signature blue and white stripes, the oversized sponsorship patch on the front has upset fans of the Terriers and football in general alike, the garish sash style sponsor dominating the kit and its style entirely.

Aaron Mooy

In a statement the FA said, as quoted by ?Yahoo Sport: “The FA has clear kit and advertising regulations for all club match-day kits.

“If we believe that any club has breached these rules we will look into the matter and, if required, will take the appropriate action.”

?Huddersfield’s commercial director Sean Jarvis has defended the kit and its style, stating: “The kit launch is a big day for many supporters, who are keen to see what the team will be running out in during the coming season.

“We’ve gone for a really modern twist on how we feature the famous Paddy Power logo. Paddy Power is a very forward-thinking, innovative company – that’s one of the main reasons that we’re so excited to work with them – the new ‘sash’ style logo is really eye-catching, and helps maintain our reputation as being innovators too.”

The kit launch itself has been met with significant scepticism, due to Paddy Power’s famous humour based advertising, but Huddersfield seemingly put these rumours to bed by wearing the kit in a friendly against Rochdale. The kit is yet to go on sale to the general public.

Huddersfield were relegated from the ?Premier League last season and this kit controversy will not be the start to their ?Championship promotion campaign that they were hoping for.


Mario Hermoso: 5 Things to Know About Atletico Madrid’s Latest Blockbuster Signing

?It has been a very busy summer transfer window for Atletico Madrid. 

Los Rojiblancos finished as runners-up to Barcelona in La Liga last season, whilst they also fell short against Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Now they are aiming to push on, and have made that abundantly clear with their transfer activity. Highly-rated teenager Joao Felix has joined from Benfica for an eye-watering €126m fee, following Marcos Llorente, Felipe, Hector Herrera, Renan Lodi, Ivan Saponjic and Kieran Trippier to the Wanda Metropolitano.


Their latest acquisition is a centre back – Mario Hermoso – who has joined on a five-year deal from Espanyol.

He’s fairly big news in Spain, and is rated as a fine defensive prospect. But to the worldwide audience, he’s not so well known – so 90min is here to fill in the blanks for you with some things to know…

He Started His Career at Real Madrid

Marcos Llorente

Atletico have already signed Marcos Llorente from their city rivals during this transfer window, and it turns out that Hermoso has connections with Los Blancos as well.

The 24-year-old started his career as a youth team player for Real Madrid back in 2005, before going on to feature for Real Madrid B and C between 2014 and 2017.

He never played for the first team, though, being shipped out on loan to Real Valladolid before moving away from the capital on a permanent basis two years ago. Now he is ready to return to play for Atletico instead – following in the footsteps of Llorente and Alvaro Morata, another Real Madrid alumni.

He Had the Chance to Re-Unite With Zinedine Zidane…..But Opted for Diego Simeone

Zinedine Zidane

When Hermoso was looking to make an impression at youth level for Real Madrid, there was a young manager also trying to make his way in the game. His name: Zinedine Zidane.

Of course, Zidane is once again first-team manager at Real Madrid after taking a short hiatus. Prior to leaving, he won a supreme three consecutive Champions League titles – but failed to give Hermoso a chance to shine in the first team, despite working with him at the aforementioned youth levels.

Whilst Zidane has swiftly progressed as a coach, Hermoso has too as a player. There was even talk of a reunion at Real – but he has instead opted to unite with the defensively savvy Diego Simeone. The Argentine’s side is known for their defensive strength – and the young Spaniard clearly sees the potential in signing with him.

He Made His Breakthrough at Left-Back

Mario Hermoso

Not all players get a smooth ride at the start of their playing careers, and Hermoso was no different – playing out of position throughout his first season of first team football.

After not making the grade at Real Madrid, the young defender wentt out on loan to Valladolid – a second division Spanish club at the time. Rather than settling in to his professional career in his preferred position, though, Hermoso played almost exclusively as a left back.

Valladolid would only finish 16th that season, but Hermoso had shown his ability to adapt, which held him in good stead when he made the step up to La Liga in 2017 with Espanyol. Two years on, he’s now made a big-money move to Atletico – and is unlikely to care now about how he got his break.

His First Game in La Liga Ended in a 5-0 Loss to Barcelona

Lionel Messi

Allowed to leave by Real Madrid and then played out of position at Valladolid, Hermoso would have been grateful to get a fresh start at Espanyol. The only problem: his first La Liga start was away to Barcelona. And it did not end well.

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing as Espanyol were outclassed by their local rivals. Hermoso has come a long way since then – and will probably prefer to remember anything other than his top flight debut.

He Could Be Gerard Pique’s Long-Term Successor for Spain


Some players gradually work their way through the age groups before moving in to their senior national sides. That was not the case with Hermoso.

The 24-year-old only played five times for Spain Under-19s, failing to feature for the Under-20s or Under-21s. However, his lack of experience at youth team level did not concern the national team coaches. 

After impressing for Espanyol, Hermoso was brought in to the national team setup in 2018, and has started three of the side’s last five games. 

Now, following the international retirement of Gerard Pique, Hermoso has the chance to cement a starting role – partnering alongside the ever reliable Sergio Ramos at the heart of the defence.


Tanguy Ndombele’s Squad Number at Tottenham Revealed Following £64m Switch From Lyon

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that new £64m signing Tanguy Ndombele will wear the number 28 shirt next season.

?The former Lyon bruiser was immense in the French club’s engine room last campaign, earning a reputation as one the finest young defensive midfielders in Europe following a string of superb displays in the Champions League. A number of elite teams had been tracking him thereafter, though Spurs won the race to his signature, the Lilywhites confirming his arrival in early July.

Ndombele was particularly impressive as Lyon took four points off of ?Manchester City in the group stages of the tournament, showcasing his incredible stamina, footballing intelligence and masterful tackling ability.

?Tottenham revealed the squad number of their new midfield machine via a post from their official Twitter account, with the the 22-year-old the first member of the side to have their’s confirmed ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Amongst the previous occupants of the 28 jersey is England international Kyle Walker, who donned the digits for four years between 2009 and 2013.

He inherited it from Kevin-Prince Boateng, whilst it was Tom Carroll who received the jersey from Walker. Other notable past tenants are Jermaine Jenas and Alan Hutton, who each held the shirt for a just a single campaign.

Eden Hazard,Kyle Walker

Spurs supporters may get their first glimpse of Ndombele in action for the north Londoners on 21 July, when Mauricio Pochettino’s recruits take on ?Juventus at the Singapore National Stadium as part of their pre-season preparations.

If the Frenchman is not selected for the Bianconeri match-up, then he will almost certainly make an appearance against one of ?Real Madrid or fellow English outfit ?Manchester United, both of whom face Tottenham later that month.


Unai Emery Insists He Will Give Young Players a Chance Following Impressive Bayern Win

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has praised the impact of youth in Arsenal’s pre-season campaign so far, highlighting Edward Nketiah in particular following his last-minute winner against Bayern Munich. 

Emery has tried two experimental line-ups in the Gunners’ first two games in pre-season, and insists that more young players will be allowed to prove if they can make it into the Arsenal first-team ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign. 

Unai Emery

This comes after an ?uplifting display from the Gunners against German champions ?Bayern Munich at the Dignity Health Tennis Center on Thursday, with 20-year-old English striker Eddie Nketiah poking in a last gasp goal to seal the victory for Emery’s side. 

Emery seems keen to promote and nurture the talents of youth at ?Arsenal, with the Gunners finishing the game against Bayern with a front four of Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka and Tyreece John-Jules – all four being products of Arsenal’s academy. 

After the game Emery spoke highly of his team, via ?Football London, stating that: “Our responsibility in this club for the history, present and future is to give young players chance. If they deserve minutes they’ll get minutes. I’m very happy with them and their work.

We are in the pre-season. Our objective was to take rhythm, take minutes and have confidence playing and also use different players mixed with the experienced players. We want to use different young players to help. Some players will be with us in pre-season, some players will be with us in the season. Each minute they show their performance against big players.


It depends on their performance. Against Colorado Rapids a lot of young players played. We need them for the moment but also in the future. We are going to play against Fiorentina on Saturday and will use young players. It’s another chance for them to show us how they can respond.”

After their impressive performance, Arsenal move on to play Fiorentina on Saturday at the Bank of America Stadium in North Carolina.