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sky sports news Reporter Ben Ransom analyzes Chelsea’s new era and victory over Club America during pre-season tours in Los Angeles and Las Vegas…

It’s been a fascinating time getting the chance to see Chelsea go about their business.With first Hollywood and then Las Vegas as a backdrop, the new owners aren’t hiding from the spotlight.

Todd Boley, who is interim sporting director and has worked closely with Thomas Tuchel, spoke about the ‘intense’ recruitment process the Chelsea manager told me earlier this week.

Chelsea need a body and the American dream is to get the Marquee deal soon. Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly certainly fit the bill, but by handing Cristiano Ronaldo the chance to sign, the club will be able to help you if your name doesn’t fit the manager’s plans (no matter how big the name is). , he is ready to stick, not to gamble.

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Thomas Tuchel has listed the many qualities of Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea’s ‘brilliant acquisition’.

In the same way that the itinerant press took every opportunity to ask about transfers, questions about young players who could be trusted to step up and take their chances next season have become popular.

Mason Mount presents the best example of an academy graduate who learned to trade on loan, first at Vitesse Arnhem and then at Derby County, and who is now an integral part of the team. Watching the 23-year-old interact with his teammates during this camp shows how much he’s grown within the group.

Now a regular for both club and country, he not only scored the winning goal against Club America, but during open training sessions where he visibly encourages and gives advice to young players. is also confident.

They are wise to listen.

We are seeing growth in more ways than one. He was eating double chicken potions before the season as part of his training regime to build muscle.Comparing photos from when he made his Chelsea debut to now clearly shows results.

Most of the time he wears a boyish grin. Seeing him up close this week makes me wonder if he’ll be wearing a captain’s armband one day.

“Gallagher could be a useful asset for Tuchel.”

The first game of Chelsea’s pre-season tour has always been about fitness and Thomas Tuchel’s team selection made that very clear. was intended to give as many players valuable time as possible.

Chelsea vs Club America line-up:

  • First half: Arrizabalaga; Chaloba, Thiago Silva, Sar. Kennedy, Berkeley, Gallagher, Chilwell.Ziyech, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi

Other than Conor Gallagher being a very important part of the first team plan after a string of impressive loan spells, it’s hard to take much away from a goalless first half. Could be a real weapon as he grows into a real box-to-box midfielder like the one I grew up watching in the 90’s and early 2000’s.

Chelsea's Conor Gallagher kicks the ball against Club América during the first half of their football match in Las Vegas on Saturday 16 July 2022.  (AP Photo/David Becker)

It was not surprising that he created the perfect chance before half-time, grabbing a loose pass and running up the field to slip into Kai Havertz who failed to finish. Gallagher was also caught in possession and received a warning, but his challenge will be to find the consistency needed to secure a regular spot in the starting lineup.

Ben Chilwell is working his way back from a serious injury and from the perspective of Chelsea in England (and fantasy football) it was great to see him start at left back . His teammate in terms of fitness.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 16: Chelsea's Kai Havertz (29) during a friendly match between Premier League's Chelsea FC Blues and Liga MX's Club America (Las Aguilas) as part of the FC Series clash Attempt a shot on goal.  of Nations 2022 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 16, 2022.  (Photo by Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

Chelsea posed a bigger threat in the second half as Reece James, Mason Mount and Jorginho joined the fray. Chelsea were most dangerous last season when their wing-backs were at full flow, with James and Marcus Alonso’s bombings suggesting similar threats should be expected when the Premier League resumes. .

Chelsea vs Club America lineup:

  • Second half: Bettinelli. Azpilicueta, Ampadu and Emerson. James, Mount, Jorginho, Alonso.Pulisic, Batshuayi, Werner

When I had the chance to ask Thomas Tuchel about the transfer this week, he made it very clear that defensive recruits remain his priority. The acquisition of Kalidou Koulibaly confirms that, but he still wants at least one more experienced centre-back.

July 16, 2022: Chelsea FC Head Coach Thomas Tuchel looks out onto the pitch before the Chelsea FC vs. Club America FC Clash of Nations 2022 match begins at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christopher Trim/CSM. (Credit: .. Christopher Trim/CSM via ZUMA Press Wire) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

With limited numbers here in Las Vegas, I was wondering if he might try formations or even try the back four. If that was his idea, he did not show it, instead choosing to rotate defensive options to play in the back three in each of the separate lineups.

Chelsea’s pre-season friendly:

  • Chelsea 2-1 Club America
  • Charlotte FC – Thursday, July 21, Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Kickoff 12:00am BST
  • Arsenal – Sunday, July 24, Camping World Stadium, Florida. Kickoff 1:00am BST
  • Udinese – Friday 29th July, Dacia Arena in Udine. Kickoff 8:00 PM BST

There were smiles on the pitch full-time as the players mostly embraced the cheers of Chelsea support in the USA. They spend the night in Las Vegas with their hair down before flying to Orlando for their next training session Permission granted. Camp.

Another entertainment capital after LA and Vegas, as fitness improves, so should the football quality on the show.