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Football: Chelsea puts Salzburg to the test


Red Bull Salzburg have a big team on Wednesday night (8 pm) in the Wals-Siezenheim sold-out stadium with Chelsea FC. The match against the winner of the Europa League is the test of the "Bulls". Frank Lampard, Neo's coach at Chelsea, still wants to get the latest information before the start of the Premier League next week.

The Londoners do not deny that after the guest match in Salzburg a test against Borussia Mönchengladbach, then it is for the legend of club Lampard in the first competitive match against Manchester United.

Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch also takes the game seriously, "because players can experience against the best opponents". The US-American has spoken of a "big challenge" and wants to make the most of the match transmitted according to information from Salzburg in nearly 50 countries: "A test game with great potential to win." learning."

Taste of the Champions League

Chelsea is a possible opponent of Salzburg in the Champions League, the Londoners are eliminated from the pot. For midfielder Antoine Bernede from Salzburg, the test is already a foretaste of the high-level category. "We could also have Chelsea as the opponent of the group, which is why it is important for us that we try to adapt at the best level and pace," said the Frenchman.

The match will also be a test for Danish newcomer Rasmus Kristensen, who will make his debut. "He's fit and has a strong mentality – the game against Chelsea will be a good opportunity for him," said Marsch about the right back.

Lampard instead of Sarri

In Chelsea, compared to last season, a lot has happened: coach Maurizio Sarri left the London and was hired at Juventus. Instead of the Italian, legend Frank Lampard returned to the blues after getting his first stints as a Derby County coach. As a player, he ran from 2005 to 2014 a total of 642 times for Chelsea and scored 209 goals.

Frank Lampard, Chelsea coach

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As a player, Frank Lampard was a legend in Chelsea. As a coach, he has not proven himself.

The 41-year-old is now sitting on the bench and faces the departure of Belgian star Eden Hazard. Even for a team whose market value is close to 850 million euros, the moment is difficult. The most notable new rookie is Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who must be part of the All-Star squad of Golo Edge, Brazilian Willian and strong defense in front of goalkeeper Kepa.

Next stop: Madrid

Speaking of Real Madrid. This is the next Salzburg Testspielgegner. "It shows that we are a good number in Europe because they are also important matches for our opponents," said sports director Christoph Freund, who is already looking forward to the next title. The home game at the Red Bull Arena on August 7th is completely sold.