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AC Milan 1-3 Chelsea, 2016 International Champions Cup: Post-match reaction


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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...

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