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AC Milan vs. Chelsea, 2016 International Champions Cup: Half-time report

All even at 1-1 between the two mid-table teams.

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It took a while for Chelsea to wake up and start playing in a way that would presumably approach Antonio Conte's vision, but once we did, our goal arrived without too much fuss or muss.  A great throw-in from Ola Aina (when was the last time we could say that?) found Matic in the middle of the pitch, who laid it off for the on-rushing Victor Moses.  His shot was saved but Bertrand Traore was on hand to head it home.

Milan's equalizer came from a beautiful free kick, though Chelsea's defense had at times been all over the shop and a more clinical team would've surely taken better advantage.  Courtois does have a couple good saves to his name.

Good first-half performances from the good guys in blue have come mostly from the same few who have stood out so far this preseason, chief amongst them being Victor Moses, who's surely won a place for himself by now.  Bertrand Traore, Matic (at times), and Ola Aina (when not losing the ball) have been good.  Fabregas, Costa, Cahill have not.

When Chelsea have pressed high (as a team!), good things have happened.  When we turned the ball over in midfield, bad things have happened.  And so it goes.

Ready for a few subs.

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