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Real Madrid vs. Chelsea, 2016 International Champions Cup: Half-time report

Real Madrid lead 3-0 at the half. The second half can only get better for Chelsea.

A rather poor first half from Chelsea, certainly on the scoresheet (3-0 to the other guys), though Chelsea looked the better side early on.  Pressing, quick passing, intensity — all of Conte's tenets were being implemented with some enthusiasm.

But then a deflected shot from Marcelo changed the mood and flipped the script.  Chelsea have been sub-par, Real Madrid have not, especially that man, Marcelo, who grabbed a second himself before setting up a long-range third from young Mariano Díaz.  Questions about Begovic on all three goals, especially the latter two.

Plenty of other questions, too, with anonymous performances from the likes of Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Pedro, Willian.  Traoré's working hard, but without much effect.  Oscar looked good early, but has faded.  The defense looked terrible on the second goal (especially Cahill), and the marking has been sub-standard in general.  Big mistake from Ola Aina, too, though hopefully it'll be looked at as a learning experience rather than a death sentence.

So, plenty of room for improvement.  Certainly no point in watching the scoreboard too closely, but a better performance on the pitch is a must.

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