Chelsea will take on Rapid Vienna in their first pre-season friendly fixture at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion on Saturday (16 July).

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage of the match will be available on Chelsea TV.


Chelsea fans will get their first taste of Antonio Conte when the Blues take on Rapid Vienna in their first pre-season friendly on Saturday. The manager only recently joined the squad following his commitments with Italy at Euro 2016 and will be keen to get the first match under his belt. The Italian would have got an indication of the quality of the players at his disposal and is likely to feature a mixture of youth-team and first-team members.

Conte has retained John Terry as the captain of the side following the club's decision to hand the club legend a one-year contract after initially holding back on the offer. A number of senior players will not be available following their participation in the European Championship finals, which will give a number of youngsters an opportunity to impress the new manager.

The game against Rapid Vienna will be Chelsea's first of five games, which will see them face Liverpool, Real Madrid and AC Milan before the start of the Premier League season. Conte will be keen to give a run out to all the players before making a decision on his team for the 2016/17 campaign.

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Possible XI: Begovic: Ivanovic, Terry, Hector, Ola Aina; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy; Costa.

Chelsea's pre-season schedule

16 July: Rapid Vienna vs Chelsea

20 July: RZ Pellets vs Chelsea

28 July: Chelsea vs Liverpool

30 July: Chelsea vs Real Madrid

04 Aug: Chelsea vs AC Milan