Club World Cup participation could affect Chelsea’s Premier League title chances

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Thomas Tuchel-Kante-Chelsea | Photo Credit: IMAGO

Chelsea are set to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup after winning the Champions League in May and the Premier League side are currently waiting to find out when the tournament will take place.

According to Football London, the FIFA Club World Cup was set to take place in December but it could now be pushed back to 2022.

Apparently, Japan have pulled out of the chance to host the tournament and the likes of South Africa. Brazil and Qatar have shown an interest.

FIFA are set to hold a council meeting on the 20th of October and the final date for the tournament will be confirmed then.

The dates for the Club World Cup could interfere severely with the domestic schedule and Chelsea will be worried given their desire to compete for the Premier League title this season.

The rescheduled tournament could mean that it could lead to a fixture pile-up for Chelsea.

If the Club World Cup is held in January 2022, the Blues could be in big trouble as they are set to face the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham in the Premier League.

They will also have to deal with the FA Cup fixtures.

Liverpool had to face a similar situation two years ago when they had a Club World Cup fixture on the same date as that of a League Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa.

The Reds had to face a second-string side against Villa and they were eventually eliminated from the competition.

The last thing Chelsea would want is for the Club World Cup to affect their title chances and it will be interesting to see what FIFA decides in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, a January tournament would also mean that Chelsea could be without the likes of Edouard Mendy because of the African Cup of nations.