THE BLUES FIFA Club World Cup campaign will be broadcast on free-to-air TV after Channel 4 secured the rights for the tournament.

The Blues will travel to the United Arab Emirates ahead of next Wednesday’s semi-final against an opponent still to be determined.

Coverage of the last-four tie will be shown on E4 and if Chelsea are successful, Channel 4 will broadcast the final on Saturday, February 12 and also show a highlights package for later on the same day.

Victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final last May secured Thomas Tuchel’s side a place at the tournament where they will compete for a second time, having finished runners-up in 2012 to Brazilian side Corinthians.

Channel 4’s head of sport Pete Andrews said: “This is one of the few major honours to have eluded Chelsea so it’d be great if they can make history live on Channel 4.

“We’re delighted to be bringing top-flight football live on free-to-air terrestrial television, let’s just hope the Blues can go all the way.”

If Chelsea fail to make the final, Channel 4 will broadcast the third/fourth-place play-off which is also set to take place on Saturday, February 12.

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