Confirmed: Chelsea starting XI vs Charlotte

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Raheem Sterling is on the bench, for our pre-season friendly against Charlotte and could make his debut for the Blues.

Edouard Mendy starts in goal for the Blues, his first Chelsea pre-season game, with James, Thiago Silva, Emerson among the three centre-backs. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Marcos Alonso are the wing-backs.

Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are the central midfielders with Christian Pulisic, Michy Batshuayi and Hakim Ziyech leading the attack.

Chelsea (3-4-3) Mendy; James, Thiago Silva, Emerson; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho (c), Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Batshuayi, Pulisic

Subs Sharman-Lowe, Chilwell, Ampadu, Chalobah, Colwill, Sarr, Gallagher, Mount, Sterling, Havertz, Kenedy