Chelsea will face London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal in a first-of-its-kind series of pre-season friendlies in August, ahead of the 2021/22 season.
The matches are part of mental awareness, The Mind Series, which is aimed at supporting the well-being of communities both at home and overseas.
The schedule of friendly matches played will be as follows:
- Arsenal vs Chelsea - Sunday 1 August - Emirates Stadium - (5 pm EAT)
- Chelsea vs Tottenham - Wednesday 4 August - Stamford Bridge - (9.45 pm EAT)
- Tottenham vs Arsenal - Sunday 8 August - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - (4 pm EAT)
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is looking forward to the action and said:
"I am pleased that my first pre-season with Chelsea contains such high-level fixtures against such top-quality opponents. Hopefully, there can be plenty of fans in the stadiums.
"Derby matches against Arsenal and Tottenham cannot fail to have a competitive edge, which is what the team needs as we prepare for the season, and knowing the games will benefit charities as important as Mind and our own Foundation adds much value to the series. It is super important that looking after mental health is highlighted at this time in history,"
Speaking about the planned friendly matches, Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, thanked the three clubs.
"The Mind Series is not only a brilliant way to raise awareness about mental health, but it will also provide vital funding for our services at a time when more people than ever need Mind’s help. Our message to fans is simple: whoever you support, Mind is here to support you,"