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RZ Pellets WAC vs. Chelsea, Preseason Friendly: Half-time report

Chelsea lead 1-0 at the half thanks to Bertrand Traore's goal from a Willian cross.

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While Rapid Wien were clearly more motivated to face Chelsea than this Wolfsberger AC side, Chelsea are undoubtedly looking a fair bit better than on Saturday.  The last few days of training have resulted in visible improvement.

Ball movement has been much faster and much more accurate and the plan to attack down the wings seems to be much more clearly defined.  Victor Moses is once again proving a decent threat on the left side, and that should bode well for whenever Eden Hazard gets to play there.  It was through Moses that Chelsea's goalscoring attack began, breaking down the left, working the ball across quickly to Willian, the Brazilian putting in a perfect cross attacked by TWO players, the second of whom, Traore, bundling it home on the second try.

Antonio Conte is still constantly urging the boys to play at a faster tempo, but there are promising signs of them slowly learning the new system.

Unlike on Saturday, Chelsea have created several good chances in addition to the goal.  Moses has hit the post, while Traore missed from about 6 yards out when it looked easier to score.  Costa had a couple half-chances but a poor first touch each time let him down.  He did test the goalkeeper just before the half-time whistle after some quick feet created space for a left-footed shot.

The hosts have looked largely unthreatening, minus a couple scrambles in the box thanks to individual mistakes (Matic giving the ball away in midfield; Djilobodji misjudging header; Begovic misplaying an aerial; etc).

Perhaps the most impressive Chelsea player of the first half was Oscar, who has taken like fish to water to his deeper midfield role.  Box-to-box with plenty of running, tackling, and touches on the ball.  Young Ola Aina on the left has looked okay as well.

We'll probably get a few changes at half-time, but it's been a good 45 minutes from the boys in Blue.

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