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Bohemians 1 – 1
10 Jul 2019
A total of 22 players were used over the 90 minutes as our new coaching team shared the minutes equally between those who had arrived in the Irish capital last Friday. The second group, which arrived on Monday, were not involved.
Batshuayi struck with just eight minutes on the clock, firing into the net after Kenedy’s shot had fallen kindly for him in the 18-yard box. Billy Gilmour and Tiemoue Bakayoko went closest to extending our lead after the interval but the Blues were unable to add to their tally and paid the price when conceding a late equaliser.
Next up is a meeting with St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday evening. Before then, the team will return to their Dublin base to continue their pre-season work.
Lampard started with a mixture of youth and experience as he named his first line-up since returning to the club as boss. Willy Caballero lined up behind a back four featuring skipper Cesar Azpilicueta and Kenedy, with Danny Drinkwater, Ethan Ampadu and Academy Player of the Year Conor Gallagher in midfield. Batshuayi led the attack supported by Pedro and Kasey Palmer.Read more here – https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/07/10/report–bohemians-v-chelsea?cardIndex=0-6
St Patrick’s Athletic
0 – 4 Chelsea
13 Jul 2019
Goalscorers: Mount, Emerson, Giroud, Giroud
This was Chelsea’s second game of pre-season following a midweek runout against Bohemians and the win goes down as the first of the Frank Lampard managerial reign. Once again, there were plenty of opportunities for the younger players in the squad and it was 20-year old Mount who broke the deadlock after 15 minutes.
Emerson doubled Chelsea’s lead with half hour on the clock as the defender’s powerful strike beat the keeper from distance, before Olivier Giroud converted Kenedy’s cross from close range midway through the second half and then added a late fourth.
The result makes it a winning conclusion to our first tour of the summer and the team will now return home before flying out to Japan on Monday.
There was involvement for the first time this pre-season for David Luiz, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic from the start, as well as returning loanees Fikayo Tomori and Mount, following the staggered arrival of the squad in Dublin.
Kawasaki Frontale 1 –
19 Jul 2019
Christian Pulisic made his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt tonight, coming off the bench for the final 25 minutes as a late goal condemned us to defeat against the J.League champions Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama.
The American met up with his new team-mates in Japan at the start of this week and on a very muggy night in Yokohama got his first taste of match action alongside them. Frank Lampard deployed him in the three behind the striker, and he featured on both the right and left side during his short time on the pitch.
Against dogged and technically proficient Japanese opposition, the Blues battled hard in the heat and created a number of decent chances but found the Kawasaki keeper Jung Sung Ryong in fine form. He kept out Kenedy and Olivier Giroud and when it looked like a Mason Mount effort would beat him, he had a defender to thank for blocking the first-half shot.
Our defence were solid, too, and Willy Caballero was largely untroubled until the final stages when Kawasaki seized the initiative and created a flurry of late chances, one of which was converted by sub Leandro Damiao after we didn’t fully clear a corner. Despite the result the evening marked an important step up in our pre-season preparations.
Lampard chose a 4-2-3-1 formation to begin with. Pedro, Mount and Kenedy supported Michy Batshuayi in attack, while Kurt Zouma and David Luiz were the centre-back pairing of choice.
Barcelona 1 – 2
23 Jul 2019
Goalscorers: Abraham, Barkley
Chelsea’s time in Japan came to an end with an encouraging win over Barcelona in Saitama.
The Blues turned in an impressive display in an entertaining clash against the Spanish champions, with Frank Lampard affording more minutes to his senior players as they gear up for the beginning of the Premier League season in two-and-a-half weeks.
Tammy Abraham opened the scoring with a well-taken effort after Jorginho had won possession high up the pitch, and Ross Barkley secured the victory 10 minutes from time with a left-footed drive from the edge of the box.
Ivan Rakitic pulled a goal back for Barcelona in injury-time but the Blues held on to claim the win and end the trip on a high.
Reading 3 – 4 Chelsea
28 Jul 2019
Goalscorers: Barkley, Kenedy, Mount, Mount
The Blues’ pre-season preparations continued with a high-scoring game in Berkshire and a second win in a row.
Ross Barkley, who scored a good goal in open play against
Barcelona in midweek, certainly has his shooting boots with him this
pre-season. His equaliser today to make it 1-1 from a free-kick was a fantastic
strike. That came midway through the first half against Championship-side
Reading who are just a week away from the start of their league campaign and
had gone into an early lead.
However Chelsea who begin our Premier League fixtures a fortnight from now, were in the lead by half-time when Kenedy scored from distance to follow up Barkley’s goal.
At the start of the second half only one of the 22 players had not been substituted during the break and although it did not take long for Reading to make the score 2-2, a more fluid Chelsea than we saw in the first half scored twice in the matter of minutes – both goals from the boot of Mason Mount (pictured top) shortly after David Luiz had struck the woodwork with a fine attempt of his own.
Mount’s first goal showed good presence of mind and accurate
finishing. The second came from a mistake by the home team and an assist from
More goals from Lampard’s men looked likely but Reading kept the game alive when they netted their third goal with 20 minutes left to play, and showed there is still some pre-season work to do for our players who have two more fixtures to play before facing Manchester United.
We were, however, able to hold on to our lead and continued to look sharper in attack than previously in our warm-up encounters.
FC Red Bull Salzburg
3 – 5 Chelsea
31 Jul 2019
Red Bull Arena
Goalscorers: Pulisic, Barkley, Pulisic, Pedro, Batshuayi
A brace for Christian Pulisic and a quite extraordinary Pedro goal were the highlights as Chelsea produced an exhilerating pre-season performance in Austria.
Our hosts RB Salzburg’s league campaign has already started and though it was they who began the brighter, Chelsea soon seized the initiative and surged into a three-goal lead.
Pulisic netted his first goal in a Blues shirt with an accomplished finish, and our new American star was immediately brought down inside the box for a penalty Ross Barkley converted with aplomb.
The midfielder shone in front of our former no.8 Frank Lampard, and it was Barkley’s exquisite pass that set up Pulisic for his second and our third of the night with not even half-an-hour played. The passing and movement of the Chelsea players was too hot for the Austrians to handle, with Pulisic wide left and Barkley through the middle especially dangerous.
Salzburg did respond after the break from a corner, but Pedro soon made it 4-1 with a goal to make you gasp. His volleyed backflick from Barkley’s cross was pure genius and will take some beating in 2019/20!
There was time for three more goals, two scored by Salzburg sub Takumi Minamino and the other by our own Michy Batshuayi, whose persistence paid off with time running out.
So another entertaining friendly for Frank and the boys in front of the watching Roman Abramovich. We’re back in action on Saturday against Borussia Monchengladbach, over the German border, when more goals can be expected!
Mönchengladbach 2 – 2 Chelsea
03 Aug 2019
Goalscorers: Abraham, Barkley
There was an improved second-half performance from Chelsea compared with the first half in our final pre-season game before the Premier League season commences, but we gave ourselves a little too much to do to turn a 2-0 deficit at half-time into victory.
Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley, both from the penalty spot, wiped out the lead established by opposition who finished fifth in the German top-flight last season and start their Bundesliga campaign a week after we kick-off against Manchester United, but much of the reason why the Blues did not score more goals was the form of Yann Sommer between the Borussia posts.
He is a keeper with a past against Chelsea having been in goal for Basel when we beat them in the 2013 Europa League semi-final and then when we lost twice to them in the Champions League the following year.
Today he made a string of saves in both halves, Abraham, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount among the players frustrated, but it was wastefulness rather than Sommer that meant Barkley did not take a golden chance to level the scores with time running out.
Thankfully there was to be one further opportunity for the substitute when Mount was fouled. It then needed a great save from Kepa to prevent a late winner for the home side and there was more good news in those closing stages with N’Golo Kante able to return to match action for the first time since our Europa League final in Baku in May.