Chelsea’s pre-season preparations continued with a comfortable 3-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem, with Cesc Fabregas’ whipped free kick goal a particular highlight for Jose Mourinho’s men.
The Blues took control of the game early on, with Mohammed Salah opening the scoring following good build-up play from Nemanja Matic and the unselfish Diego Costa, who squared the ball for a simple finish into the empty net.
And Fabregas added a second after 24 minutes, curling a wonderful right-footed freekick into the top corner of the net from 25 yards, giving Chelsea the 2-0 lead their dominance warranted.
Chelsea continued their dominance after the break, and added a third goal 15 minutes before the end. Nemanja Matic charged down a clearance to set Costa through on goal, who turned provider once again by squaring for Matic to finish.
Vitesse did find a consolation goal just minutes before the full-time whistle, with Uroš Đurđević heading in at the back post after a sluggish Chelsea back line allowed a cross to loop over their heads.
4’ OPENER - Great work by Chelsea in midfield by Matic releases through Costa, who turns provider with a slipped pass to Salah to finish into the empty net.
7’ CHANCE - And Salah almost adds a second minutes later! The attacker takes a powerful pass on his chest and tries to poke the ball past the advancing keeper, but the Vitesse defender is back on the line.
24’ FABREGAS FREEKICK - What a delightful freekick by Fabregas! The former Arsenal man gets the ball up and over the ball from 20 yards and finds the top corner.
38’ CECH SAVE - Cech is called into action! A threaded pass through the centre off the Chelsea backline releases Leerdam, but the goalkeeper comes off his line to smother the shot from the attacker.
62’ CROSSBAR - What an incredible effort! Labyad, who has impressed for Vitesse, cuts inside off the right side and smashes a dipping effort towards goal, crashing the ball off the crossbar with Cech stranded.
75’ GOAL - And Chelsea have their third. Matic charged down the defender, putting Costa through on goal, who squared it for Matic to finish into the empty net.
89’ CONSOLATION - The home side have a consolation goal! The Chelsea backline fell asleep, allowing a cross to loop over them, with Djurdjevic heading in at the back post.
Will Diego Costa be the difference for Chelsea? It was quite clear where Jose Mourinho saw his team’s weakness last season: up front. At times he even played Willian and Oscar as the central striker, benching Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o. But a few months and £32 million later, Chelsea have Diego Costa as the man to lead their frontline. He is a archetypal Mourinho striker and was a battering ram against Vitesse, also demonstrating his unselfish side by putting on two goals for teammates. Will his signing make the difference for the Blues this season?
MAN OF THE MATCH
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea): The former Arsenal and Barcelona man was played in a number 10 behind the central striker, and thrived as he became Chelsea’s hub of creativity and invention. His wonderful free kick goal was the highlight of the match, although Nemanja Matic was also impressive as the tireless box-to-box midfielder.
Cech 5, Luis 5, Cahill 5, Ivanovic 6, Azpilicueta 6, Matic 8, Fabregas 8, Salah 7, Van Ginkel 6, Torres 5, Costa 7. Subs - Terry 6, Romeu 5, Ake 5, Zouma 4, Boga 4, Solanke 4, Baker 6, Beeney 5, Chalobah 4.
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- Cesc Fabregas
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