Coming off of a 2-0 loss in the first preseason game against Rapid Wien, Chelsea bounced back with a 3-0 victory over RZ Pellets WAC at Wörthersee Stadion.
Youngster Bertrand Traoré scored the first goal of the match (and the pre-season) and was glad that the team managed not only a much better result, but showed improvement in fitness and understanding of Antonio Conte's system.
"It was important to win our second game because the way we played on Saturday wasn't good enough. We are getting much fitter and getting more used to the new system with each game."
Yesterday, Conte employed a 4-4-2/4-2-4 scheme which had Traoré and Diego Costa as the two starting centre forwards. The pair seemed to be mostly in-sync for the sixty minutes they spent on the pitch.
"Diego is one of the best strikers in the world so it's a pleasure as a young player to play beside him. I learnt a lot from him, I enjoyed it and there were some good combinations between the two of us which was nice."
After couple more days in Austria, Chelsea will heading to the United States, where International Champions Cup matches against Liverpool, Real Madrid and AC Milan await. Traoré's looking forward to the challenge of testing himself against the "big teams".
"We have to stay focused and take each game step by step. I like playing against big teams, it's always a challenge. We spent some time in America last season, it's a nice country and I'm looking forward to it."
"I'm getting fitter and fitter with every day. We have been working really hard over the last 10 days which is important because you will see the benefits during the season."
-Bertrand Traoré; source: Chelsea FC
Traoré made 16 appearances last season for Chelsea, but only four starts. As things stand, he looks a lock for the third-string striker position, behind Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi. The rumors of spending frivolously on Romelu Lukaku or Alvaro Morata continue to swirl around the club, but hopefully we realize that we have a potential gem on a our hands already in the 20-year-old.