Chelsea vs Barcelona: what channel is it on and how can I watch it?

The pre-season friendly kicks off tonight at 1.05am

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Chelsea continue their pre-season preparations tonight against Spanish giants Barcelona at the FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

KICK-OFF: 1.05am (Wednesday 29 July)

TV Channel: 12.55am-3.05am (Sky Sports 1)

The game is Chelsea's final pre-season friendly before the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

This is not the end of Chelsea's pre-season friendlies however, they also face Fiorentina after the Community Shield on Wednesday 5 August at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, has has been discussing the spending of Chelsea's Premier League title rivals again, suggesting that if Arsenal's spending over the last three or fours years is totalled up then "maybe you will find a surprise".

It comes after the Portuguese boss suggested that Liverpool and Manchester United are "buying the title".

Chelsea have been relatively frugal this summer by their standards, with only Asmir Begovic coming in to replace Petr Cech, Radamel Falcao signed on loan to replace Didier Drogba and the arrival of Brazilian youngster Nathan for £4.5m.

 

Arsenal's only significant acquisition is Cech, but despite the minimal activity at the Emirates, Mourinho believes their spending in the transfer market has been significant.

"I think they bought a fantastic goalkeeper and that is a position which is very important in a team," said Mourinho. "Every club is a club and we don’t need to speak about them but if you add up the amounts clubs have spent in the last three or four years, I think maybe you will find a surprise.

"If you put (Mesut) Ozil plus Alexis Sanchez, plus (Calum) Chambers, plus (Mathieu) Debuchy you will maybe find a surprise."

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