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Chelsea drawn against Al Jazira, Auckland City or Al Hilal in their Club World Cup semi-final

Chelsea drawn against Al Jazira, Auckland City or Al Hilal in their Club World Cup semi-final

Chelsea drawn against Al Jazira, Auckland City or Al Hilal in their Club World Cup semi-final after UAE tournament is confirmed for early February – leaving Brighton and Arsenal clashes to be postponed

  • The Club World Cup has been arranged for between February 3 and February 12
  • Chelsea will be Europe’s representative after winning the Champions League
  • Thomas Tuchel’s side will face Al Hilal, Auckland City or Al Jazira in the last four 
  • The Blues will rearrange Premier League games with Brighton and Arsenal
  • Chelsea may also need to move a FA Cup fourth round game if they get that far
  • The current Premier League leaders could go a month without top-flight football 











Chelsea will face Al Hilal, Al Jazira or Auckland City in their Club World Cup semi-final in February after the draw for the tournament was made on Monday afternoon. 

The Blues will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the FIFA tournament between February 3 and 12, having won the Champions League back in May. This means Chelsea will have to rearrange two Premier League games and potentially one FA Cup tie. 

The timing of the tournament means Chelsea will see their trip to Brighton on February 8 and their home clash against Arsenal on February 12 rearranged, plus a FA Cup fourth round fixture on February 5 should they make it that far.

Chelsea will rearrange two Premier League fixtures to take part in February’s Club World Cup

The Blues could face Al Jazira (left) or Auckland City in the semi-final stage

Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal are also a potential opponent for the Blues in the last four

The Blues will face Al Jazira (left), Auckland City or Al Hilal (right) at the semi-final stage

It will mean the current Premier League leaders may go a month without playing top-flight football between January 23 and February 19 – which could affect their title battle with Liverpool and Manchester City.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will join the tournament at the semi-final stage along with Brazilian side Palmeiras, who won the Copa Libertadores. They will take on either the winner of host nation Al Jazira versus Auckland City, or Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal in the last four. 

Al Jazira earned qualification for the Club World Cup as they are the top-flight champions of the host nation, UAE. Auckland reached the competition after they were nominated by the Oceania Football Confederation whose own Champions League competition was cancelled due to coronavirus.

The FIFA tournament will take place February 3 and 12 in the United Arab Emirates

The FIFA tournament will take place February 3 and 12 in the United Arab Emirates

Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, who will enter the Club World Cup at the second round, were the champions of the  2021 AFC Champions League competition.  

Meanwhile, Egyptian club Al Ahly will take on Mexican side Monterrey for the chance to progress to a semi-final meeting with Copa Libertadores winner Palmeiras. 

The European champions have won the Club World Cup on each of the last eight editions of the tournament, with Bayern Munich lifting the title in Qatar last February. 

The Blues will move top-flight fixtures with Arsenal and Brighton and a possible FA Cup tie

The Blues will move top-flight fixtures with Arsenal and Brighton and a possible FA Cup tie

Liverpool were the last English team to win the Club World Cup in 2019, back when the tournament was held in the middle of December. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side rearranged just one league fixture against West Ham to take part but could not move their Carabao Cup quarter-final clash away to Aston Villa for the competition which took place in Qatar..

That meant Liverpool’s first-team played twice in the space of 24 hours, with a group of youngsters turning out against Villa for the cup clash, before the first-team played in the Club World Cup half way across the world.

Chelsea will want to join Liverpool and Manchester United as Club World Cup champions

Chelsea will want to join Liverpool and Manchester United as Club World Cup champions

The cup team were thrashed 5-0 by a full-strength Aston Villa side, before Liverpool went on to win the Club World Cup in the Middle East.

Manchester United are the only other English club to win the tournament back in 2008, while Chelsea reached the final of the tournament in 2012 but lost 1-0 to Corinthians in the Japan final.

Liverpool also lost a final to Brazilian opposition in the form of Sao Paulo back in 2005. 

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