The Premier League is back.
After what feels like an endless summer of transfer madness, the window is shut and the focus can finally return to football for at least a couple of months.
Chelsea kick off their campaign with a tricky test against Manchester United at Old Trafford, looking for the perfect start under Frank Lampard.
Pre-season has been a mixed bag for the Blues, with two contrasting stories at either end of the pitch.
Going forwards, Lampard has had his side playing fast, attacking football and that approach resulted in Chelsea finding the back of the net 18 times in six games, with Ross Barkley top scoring with four.
Defensively however, the Blues have looked vulnerable at times and set pieces have been a major cause for concern.
Pre-season is rarely an indication of how the competitive campaign will play out, though, and Lampard will be hoping his side have put any defensive woes behind them.
Ahead of this weekend’s clash at Old Trafford, we’ve taken a look at a number of key battles to look out for.
Tammy Abraham vs Harry Maguire
Abraham has been thrown straight into the deep end as he takes the reins as Chelsea’s number nine, coming up against the world’s most expensive defender in Harry Maguire.
Both will be eager to impress in what looks set to be a fascinating battle between the two.
Paul Pogba vs N'Golo Kante
Kante has been confirmed to be fit to travel to Manchester this weekend, with Lampard set to make a late decision on whether to start him.
If he does start, he’ll play a vital role in attempting to keep United talisman and his fellow countryman Pogba quiet.
Christian Pulisic vs Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Both Pulisic and Wan-Bissaka will be eager to impress following respective big money moves.
The American has looked bright in pre-season, and he could look to put the United full-back on the back foot on his home debut.
Ross Barkley vs Nemanja Matic
A theme of midfield battles is emerging here, and Barkley has the chance to continue his fine pre-season form into the season with a strong performance on Sunday.
Matic is no pushover, however, and will no doubt be given the task of trying to mark the midfielder out of the game.
Marcus Rashford vs Andreas Christensen
United could look to test Chelsea’s back four this weekend by breaking with pace and looking to set Rashford free in behind.
Christensen has been caught out positionally at times throughout his career with the Blues and Sunday could be a big test for the Dane.
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