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Chelsea start the season with a game against fierce rival Manchester United on August 11th, and it’s expected to be a massive clash between two sides fighting for the top four.
Both sides fought hard for a top four place last season, and it was Chelsea who ended up being successful with a third place finish, while United finished in sixth.
United have been in good form in their pre-season games as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been preparing the side for pre-season. Also, United have already made two signings this summer, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with a third expected to be confirmed soon.
Manchester United have reportedly agreed terms with Leicester on Friday, securing an £80m deal for defender Harry Maguire, and Solskjaer is keen to unleash his summer acquisition against Chelsea.
“Hopefully the last little details will be in place and hopefully we can announce something soon,” Solskjaer said of the deal.
“Let’s get the last details over the line but yeah, he’s played a few games over the summer so we’ll have to assess him if and when.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted work must be done on the team’s defence ahead of the new season, with games against Manchester United and Liverpool around the corner.
“We can’t concede goals like we did today,” Lampard stressed after the game.
“That is obviously important for us to be where we want to be, so now we are preparing for next week. We have Manchester United next Sunday, we have a long week, the players deserve some rest as it has been a busy pre-season with travel and games but now we have a big week where we work, focus even more, do some more fitness work as a team and be ready.
“We have a huge start to the season with Manchester United and then Liverpool in the Super Cup, so these games are good for us but we still need to improve.
“It will be very difficult going to Old Trafford, with the atmosphere as it will be for the first game, a quality team, a competitor every year with ourselves for Champions League places and above, so it is even more important that we are prepared.
“We are a team that has worked very hard but we need to be absolutely focused because it is going to be a tough game.”