Chelsea started the second half terribly, but a slew of changes from Conte, and a formation change or seven did the trick. Chelsea's second goal may have come via a penalty kick, but the Blues were the better team in the second half by a decent margin. Oscar put the gloss on with a nice finish for a late third.
Next up will be Werder Bremen on Sunday in Germany, and then the real football shall start.
- Any guesses for the second half formation? It was definitely 4-1-4-1 for a while (Batshuayi lone forward, Hazard left wing, Kante holding). But then Oscar played much more forward than Fabregas (4-2-3-1?). Then Azpilicueta was bombing forward suddenly, leaving three back with Kante shielding. And then we saw Kante alongside Chalobah. Whatever it was, it was working, mostly.
- Kante is da bomb. Did you see that cross-field ball, too??
- Eden Hazard was having fun out there, whenever he wasn't getting hacked down. Or when he wasn't giving himself a bloody nose. Will he be our next Man in the Mask?
- Gary Cahill, please sort yourself out. You too, Diego. Batshuayi, meanwhile, looked useful once again.
- Lovely stadium; lovely goal-celebration song.
- Conte was still urging the team to go forward and play at full speed in the 89th minute, up 3-1 in a friendly. Forza Conte!
- Bye-bye America! Until next year...