New signing starts, goalkeeper decision - Enzo Maresca's dream Chelsea lineup for Wrexham clash

Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca
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Chelsea are back in action later this month. Albeit it is not competitive action but the Blues will jet off to the United States in around a fortnight to take part in this year's FC Series.

Before that, though, Chelsea will take on Wrexham in a one-off friendly at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. That match is just over three weeks away, but already supporters are excited to see their favourite players back in action.

It will be the first match in charge of Chelsea for Enzo Maresca, who officially started his role as head coach on Monday. Maresca was joined by some of his new players at Cobham while the others are representing their countries at Euro 2024 or Copa America.

Some of them, though, may well be back for the time the Chelsea squad fly to America. So, with that being said, takes a look at how Maresca could line up in the first match of pre-season.


We do not yet know what Maresca's plans are for the goalkeeper situation at Stamford Bridge. Some reports claimed when Maresca was appointed that he was a fan of Robert Sanchez so he may get the nod for the opening pre-season match.

Djordje Petrovic has not long been back from Euro 2024 duty with Serbia either, so Sanchez theoretically will have had longer on the training pitch. Chelsea may well bring Eddie Beach as they did last season to the States, with Marcus Bettinelli and Gabriel Slonina also expected to be on the plane.

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There could be a start for Reece James as he continues to build up his fitness. The Blues captain will miss the opening two matches of the season following his straight red card away at Brighton in the penultimate match of the 2023/24 campaign.

Tosin Adarabioyo could be given his first minutes in a Chelsea shirt following his signing from Fulham. The 26-year-old joined the Blues last month on a free transfer and he could partner Levi Colwill, who will be looking to build up his fitness after missing out on the England squad for the ongoing Euros.

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Marc Cucurella is still out in Germany representing Spain so he is unlikely to arrive in the US until later in the tour. Ben Chilwell could be given a start at left-back as Maresca gets to know his players a bit more.


Assuming he goes with a 4-2-3-1, the double pivot will be an interesting one to look out for. Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo are representing Argentina and Ecuador, respectively, at Copa America and are not expected to join up with their club teammates until later on in the tour.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall could be handed his debut for Chelsea. The 25-year-old has agreed a deal to join the Blues on a long-term contract after Chelsea paid Leicester City £30million for the midfielder's services.

He could partner Andrey Santos, whose future is uncertain. Chelsea may well consider loaning Santos back out to Strasbourg after he impressed in France during the second half of last season but he might be given a chance to impress in the United States.

If Romeo Lavia does travel with the rest of the squad, then the Belgian is likely to be eased back into action. Lavia made just one appearance for Chelsea in a nightmare, injury-riddled debut season at Stamford Bridge.


It has been a quiet summer, in terms of football, for the likes of Noni Madueke, Christopher Nkunku, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson. So they could all be handed a start in Santa Clara.

Elsewhere, we could see minutes for the likes of Omari Kellyman and Marc Guiu, who have both recently put pen-to-paper on long-term deals at Chelsea. David Datro Fofana could be given a go by Maresca with the Ivorian's future at the club uncertain this summer.

Possible Chelsea lineup: Sanchez; James, Adarabioyo, Colwill, Chilwell; Santos, Dewsbury-Hall; Madueke, Nkunku, Sterling; Jackson.