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Werder Bremen 2-4 Chelsea, Preseason Friendly: Post-match reaction

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Chelsea wasted several great chances (Costa, Oscar) before Werder pulled one back with another fantastic long-range shot.  Chelsea then wasted several more great chances, then survived a few scares, scored another one through Pedro, and then preseason was done.

And so Chelsea finish preseason with a 4-2 win.

  • The starting lineup may have been very familiar (other than Kanté instead of Fàbregas, it was basically the 2014-15 league-winning lineup), but for the first time all preseason, Conte used almost all of his subs, including the backup goalkeeper!
  • Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic completed the full 90.  John Terry was withdrawn with a little over 10 minutes to go after getting clattered in the penalty area and getting a hip to the head/neck.  Michael Hector came on for the captain.
  • Ola Aina played a bit of left back today, but did not start.  Cuadrado and Traoré (and third goalkeeper Blackman) were the only players to not see any action from the 23-man traveling squad.
  • Positives: Oscar, Hazard, Kanté
  • Negatives: Pedro (despite his goal), defense
  • Conte says his favorite words are "fight" and "work" but it might actually be UP UP UP UP UP UP.
  • Next up: the real deal, West Ham at the Bridge on Monday for the start of the Premier League.