Chelsea is set to face Al Hilal in the semi-final of the FIFA World Club Cup. The Saudi Arabian champion had defeated Al Jazira by 6-1 to make it to the semi-final stage of the competition.
The FIFA Club World Cup is a competition organized for six confederation champions and the champion of the league of the host country. The European representative joins the competition at the semi-final stage. Chelsea has never won this cup in the history of the club, the Blues failed in their last bid in 2012. Chelsea lost by a lone goal to a Brazilian team, Corinthians.
The club would be keen to win the 2021 edition of the tournament that is being held in the United Arab Emirates. Recce James is unlikely to participate at this stage of the competition due to injury while Thomas Tuchel is isolated due to the COVID-19 infection he had.
The match between Chelsea and Al Hilal may not be a walkover as the Saudi Arabian champion has some talented players that could test the backline of Chelsea.
There are players in the Al Hilal team who have played against Chelsea in the English Premier League. Have a look at them!
1. Odion Ighalo: The Nigerian international is expected to lead the attacking frontline of Al Hilal. He is an experienced player who has played in different leagues, his experience in big games could be useful for the Al-Hilal team.
He had played against Chelsea while at Watford and Manchester United. it would be interesting to see how he performs against the European champion.
2. Matheus Pereira: The attacking midfielder is one of the established stars in the Al Hilal team. Pereira brings creativity to the team and helps the Saudi Arabian team to dominate their opponent.
It should be noted that the Brazilian scored a brace against Chelsea when he was at West Brom. Chelsea defenders would need to keep an eye on him during the match.
3. André Carrillo: He is a midfielder that is very important to the way Al Hilal plays.
Carrillo has played against Chelsea four times, twice with Sporting Lisbon and twice with Watford.
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