Big stars will miss out on Community Shield due to the World
The World Cup semi-finals will be played later this week, but we already know some big stars won’t be playing the Community Shield match in the beginning of August. The final and third place match will be played in the upcoming weekend, hence why all semi-final teams will play two more matches. After this weekend it’s only three weeks until the Community Shield is scheduled. Both Chelsea and Manchester City have 7 players under contract that are still active in Russia at this moment.
The Citizens had a record number of eleven players in the World Cup quarter finals, but after Brazil got eliminated this number is down to seven. Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne will play their semi-final with Belgium against their teammate Benjamin Mendy with France. John Stones, Kyle Walker, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling all will try to reach the final with England in a match against Croatia. They might succeed in bringing football home this summer.
The Blues from London had seven players in the quarter finals and all seven of them reached the semi-final. Their Belgium players in this tournament are Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi, who will face teammates Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante. Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will probably be on the bench for England in their semi-final against Croatia.
It’s very unlikely that these fourteen players will play in the Community Shield. They might even miss the first Premier League match since they need a break after a long and hard season. This will go at the expense of the quality of the Community Shield, but it has some benefits too. Both clubs spent a lot of money and efforts in their academies. This match is the perfect opportunity for them to give playing time to some of the youngsters. Fans of both teams would love to see academy graduates in action! Book your Community Shield tickets and support your team live at Wembley!