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Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool, Preseason friendly: Post-match reaction


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As it's often the case, the constant trickle of substitutions broke the flow of the game, which was actually a pretty decent watch in the first-half.  But then, just as the game was in danger of petering out into an actual friendly, Fàbregas got himself sent off, which meant that the last 15-20 minutes were all about Liverpool laying siege to the Chelsea goal.  But Chelsea held out.  Woo!

  • Five yellows for Liverpool, one yellow and a red for Chelsea.  Friendly?  In fairness, the referee was fairly bad.
  • Cesc Fàbregas, not very good at tackling, just in case we had forgotten.  How long will Conte persist?
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek, not a center forward.  At least not yet.  How long will Conte persist?
  • Another good cameo from Nathaniel Chalobah.  Another good 90 minutes from Ola Aina.  Will Conte persist?
  • Chelsea, still good at set pieces.  Nice header, Gary Cahill!
  • Especially in the first-half, Chelsea's width in possession (4-2-4) and compactness in defense (4-5-1) was working quite well (minus all the inaccurate passes from the likes of Matic & Co).
  • Next up for Chelsea is a game against Real Madrid on Saturday at The Big House in Ann Arbor, MI.  Biggest test of the pre-season.

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