And so, Chelsea lose 3-2 to Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup, three years after losing 3-1. Chelsea could've/should've won the title later that 2013-14 season, so I'll take this as a good omen.
After a fairly terrible first half, the Blues looked markedly better in the second, even before Real Madrid put on the kids from the kindergarten. Michy Batshuayi and Nathaniel Chalobah were two real difference-makers, while Juan Cuadrado had a couple good contributions as well. And of course Eden Hazard with the brace.
Chelsea may not have come back from a three-goal half-time deficit — couple good chances spurned by Batshuayi and Chalobah — but we ended on a positive note. Onwards and upwards.
- Another 90 minutes for Aina. One big mistake that eventually led to Real's second, but another good learning experience. A mixed day for other youngsters, but Chalobah staked a claim while RLC struggled as a center forward once again.
- Good effort from Traoré and all the Chelsea subs.
- Good to have Hazard & Courtois back. TWO goals from Hazard, both coolly taken.
- Ready to see Kanté in action soon.
- Álvaro Morata did not score, so perhaps we won't waste money on signing him.
- Official attendance: 105,826 — largest ever crowd at any Chelsea match.
- Next up is AC Milan in Minneapolis on Wednesday night local time (2:35am in the UK).