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Chengdu Blades 0 Chelsea 7

Chelsea played their second game of their Far East tour against Chengdu Blades, in Macau.

The game was played in conditions that were particularly draining with the high humidity and temperature meaning that taking liquids on board would be essential.

Missing from the Chelsea squad were Jose Bosingwa (thigh injury), Andriy Shevchenko (niggling injury) and Michael Ballack who had only just joined up with the party after and extended summer break.

The opposition, Chengdu Blades, are owned by Sheffield United!

The first half saw Chelsea dominate their opponents and go into the break with a three goal lead. In a stadium that was far from full, goals from Anelka, Kalou and Lampard gave us that comfortable lead.

The first goal came in the fifteenth minute when Anelka raced onto a great through ball from Wright-Phillips, Having beaten the offside trap he nicked the ball around the keeper and slotted it home.

The second came in the thirtieth minute when Wright-Phillips, once again, threaded a ball through to Anelka who squared it for Kalou to score from fourteen yards out.

The third, on thirty seven minutes, was created by some wonderful skill from Kalou down the left flank and when the ball was pulled back to Lampard he made no mistake firing home from the edge of the area.

Other highlights of the half were some teasing crosses from Wright-Phillips and some lovely forward play from Anelka.

The only down side being two challenges from Deco that, in the Premier League; could well have produced a yellow card.

The second half saw Scolari introduce five substitutes at half time and, as expected; three more were introduced later in the half.

On the pitch Chelsea continued to dominate and scored four more during the half.

The first, and fourth goal of the game, came in the fifty-fifth minute when Joe Cole, on for only three minutes, ran onto an Anelka through ball to round the keeper and slide home the ball with his left foot.

The fifth of the game came in the sixty-sixth minute when Di Santo netted after a good piece of work from Joe Cole enabled Carvalho to produce a devastating cross that mesmerised the home defence.

The sixth came in the eighty second minute when Joe Cole fired home from close range after an Essien cross had been fired into the box and the seventh, and last, came two minutes later when some good individual skill from Malouda, flowed by a fierce shot that was way off target, hit Wright-Phillips on the back and flew past a startled keeper.

All in all a comfortable win against very limited opposition.

Team - Cech (Hilario-60), Ferreira (Ivanovic-46), Alex (Carvalho-46), Terry (J.Cole-52), A.Cole (Bridge-46), Essien, Deco, Lampard (Mikel-46), Wright-Phillips, Anelka (Di-Santo 60), Kalou (Malouda-46)

Unused Sub - Cudicini,

Chelsea Scorers- Anelka, Kalou, Lampard, J.Cole (2), Di Santo, Wright-Philips

Chelsea Yellow Cards - Nil

Chelsea Red Cards - Nil




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 26 2008

Time: 3:01PM

Your Comments

Exhibition stuff. No opposition at all from the Blades.
chelseaforever
Good performance from the lads. I thought Deco was brilliant today especially in the second half. Anelka looked good as well. I feel he’s going to be a massive player for us next season. Joey was impressive when he came on. Di Santo’s living up to expectations. Good goal. Looking forward to our next game. UP THE CHELS!!!
Fan of Blues
I guess that was the easiest friendly we have played in a long time?
chelseaforever
CF, agreed.
Fan of Blues
lol..Di Santo scored a very easy goal and missed a huge opportunity to score a second afterwards. But he is very promising. I think he should be played more often than Anelka next season. He can be the next Drogba!
chelsey
So far Lampard, Kalou, SWP, Joe Cole and Di Santo all have scored 2 goals in 2 games.
Fan of Blues
Di Santo looked far more accomplished they I thought he would, he's a little raw but he's gonna be the business!
merlin
He should be played more than Sheva. ;)
Fan of Blues
No problems then, Sheva doesnt play anyways
chelseaforever
But still makes 120,000 (or more) a week. Get rid!
Fan of Blues
well, nice game. I thought Malouda played well.. He's quality you know.. And Di Santo's the real thing! He is raw, but with more playing time, he's gonna be the next Kun Aguero!!!
JT_daniel
lol.. Sheva could be Di Santo's personal coach??
JT_daniel
I am really looking forward to follow DiSanto. Deco was really good and offers our play something new, something we have been lacking before. A much better short pass game. His sole trick back and forth was just great. But nothing beats SWP's goal. Great shot from Malouda, there is no way you can defend against a goal like that. Wonder if they have been training on it.
Lindy
it's much more difficult to hit swp than it is the goal--malouda must have amazing shot precision!
RadioactiveD
What is the point of traveling to Macau if the stadium is far from full?
outoftheblue
Agreed radio. SWP was the smallest object on the pitch and to make such a great bounce off him, that takes skill. Time for the site to re-evaluate Malouda.
Lindy
JT_daniel: i like di santo but he's no aguero! entirely different sort of player and not near the level of aguero. let him play more and we'll see. i'd be disappointed to see him sent out on loan. the boy should stay with his club.
RadioactiveD
"came in the fifty-fifth minute when Jose Cole." You're missing Maureen more and more, aren't you? ;)
Aamir
Noticed that too aamir. We are just getting more latin in Chelsea too. Though with a portuguese touch instead of a Spanish like you lot. Though Makou is not really Macau, which was a Portuguese colony.
Lindy
Just like playing Tottenham....... I don't get Malouda, almost every time he tries to take his man on, he beats him, but he hardly ever tries! Why? Anelka seems to have found some confidence, about time. Kalou is getting better with every game, but he still lacks composure. Di Santo reminds me of Inzaghi, the serial poacher, he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. But where was Sheva?!! A niggling injury?! Anyone got any more info.
Saf 91
He isn't match fit as far as I understand. Hasn't this been the case last season?
Fan of Blues
Arthritis has attacked Sheva. Old age and all that... ;)
Aamir
Well guys like the other days plz mail me(simons570@hotmail.com) the link or (write it here) of utube to see highlights as soon as it is uploaded.I will be very thankful.
Saimon_blues
Saf, did you get the channel?
Fan of Blues
Jose Cole has now been corrected :-)
merlin
nice to hear, even though i wasn't here:(
pulse
You can watch the highlights at http://goal1.tk/
Just click the tag for Chelsea, that'll take you to the videos page.
blueklaw
Yeah FoB, thanks a million.
Saf 91
You're most welcome (even though it was in Arabic). :)
Fan of Blues
I am a bit confused here. ManU are playing South African teams on their pre-season tour and I presume they wont be any better than the teams we are facing, on the contrary, I would think that the Chinese teams are better than the South African teams. So why are they struggling with a draw and a win while we are scoring bags of goals? The side-effects of old-age, is it?
chelseaforever
You lot have played your strongest team (or near enough) in your matches. Us, the Mancs and Arsenal have played a mixture of reserve/youth with some of the stars getting a small run out.
Aamir
I read the ManUtd had strong enuf sides in their pre-season games. SkySports match report.
chelseaforever
I think they played in Macau. Makou is in Africa I believe. Macau is a very touristy city close to Hong Kong.
rslack
It was in Macau, the Las Vegas of Asia which is close to Hong Kong
blueboyz
CF, I think South African teams are stronger than Chinese teams. My local side, Al Ahly, played them before several times and they are tough opponents.
Fan of Blues
Hmmm FoB, I'll take your word on that one, but come on, arent ManU the youngest, fittest squad in the world? They should be winning at canter. Btw, they won 4-0 today :P
chelseaforever
They certainly are. Yeah, I saw the second half. :)
Fan of Blues
Scolari explained today why such games are necessary. Please hop onto the official site and read his post-match reaction!
chelseaforever
These games in China are a joke and a waste of time, the ones in Russia should be much more interesting
blueboyz
Why a waste of time? Friendlies are less about the results, and more about fitness.
Aamir
Agreed, Aamir. They have been practising for 2 weeks and now they are getting the chance to play a real match which is good for their fintess regardless of the opposition. We still have one tough match against lokomotiv moscow and possibly another against Milan/Sevilla if we manage to beat lokomotiv.
Fan of Blues
because they are playing in the boiling heat and in conditions that are so different from England. Friendlies are not a waste of time and are very useful if they are a good build up to the season. I think we should have stayed in Europe.
blueboyz
Now whether it is the final or not, that remains to be seen.
chelseaforever
FoB, we will play either Sevilla or Milan. Thats for sure.
chelseaforever
yeah i reckon we should definitely beat lokomotiv
blueboyz
You mean 3rd and 4th place?
Fan of Blues
It's bloomin boiling here in England! I want rain!!!
Aamir
i hope we play Milan, it would be interesting to see how Kaka and Ronaldinho play.
blueboyz
Agree with you there Aamir, london is sweltering
blueboyz
Each friendly we're playing from now on will get harder and harder. These two were to just get a bit of sharpness back. The next match will be a little bit tougher and then the next two should be enough to put us to Premiership readiness.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
Yes FoB, we will two matches in Russia, whatever happens.
chelseaforever
*we will play
chelseaforever
I'm a bit further North, up in Bradford, blueboyz. I went for a ten minute bike ride and I came back smelling as if I'd played two football matches back-to-back!
Aamir
that is a nice image Aamir,
blueboyz
You want hot? It almost midnight in Dubai, and I can't go outside for fear of melting.
Saf 91
the thing with dubai is that everywhere has air con unlike England where no one has air con. You do not want to go on the tube in the summer, it is a dreadful experiance
blueboyz
I've been on the tubes in the summer. Spent a weekrnd in London about 3 years ago. And it was not pleasant. Waaaaaaay overcrowded.
Aamir
These games have nothing to do with competiveness, it is like the Italian teams always playing really poor teams the first games. They win big and the players are getting fitter and fitter while getting a lot of confidence despite the opposition.
Lindy
i noticed that about Italian teams, they all play league 6 teams anw win 12 - 0
blueboyz
They do blueboyz. Sometimes during the season when the team perform poorly they actually put in one of those games against a San Marino team or so, win big and hope to gain confidence for the series. Latin psychology I guess.
Lindy
That is a stunning result.
C_Blue
aah those cunninglatin philisophers
blueboyz
Does't matter whether the Blades were from Sheffield or China they weren't much of an opponent!! CAREFREE
moose56
We're not Dubai hot like Saf 91 is experiencing, but here in the Deep South of the US, we're pretty famous for our humidity.
RadioactiveD
I thought you were in Denver Radio?!
Lindy
where abouts in the deep south mate?
blueboyz
CF - they're called England HOT!! What's the "hot" temperature then, Aamir? 30? 35? It's feckin 45 Celsius here....with 70-75% humidity. RD - I remember the humidity debate, trust me mate, when the monsoon season kicks in, there's not a humid place on Earth than the subcontinent!
raaid
Only 27-30 degrees celsius, Raaid. But that's damn hot for here!!!
Aamir
btw just saw that Sahar scored for portsmouth in a friendly
blueboyz
well dne 2 sahar gud play with kanu but sinclair shud b on loan 2 a prem team also!!! sahars ahead of him bcoz he doesnt play with his head stuck in between his own legz!
eklim
27 is hot now? It's 28 here and I think it's fine. A month ago it was 46. Now that's hot (didn't I sound like Paris Hilton?). ;)
Fan of Blues
We would have got a tougher work-out and a harder couple of games by playing The Rose and Crown ,and The Dog and Duck........second XI's.
R1ngo
I don't know where you got Denver, Lindy. Birmingham AL, USA. I grew up in New Orleans, which is actually hotter and stickier (and smellier, depending on the area of the city). By 7am it's in the mid 70s F, by lunch in the 90s, and the humidity makes it feel in the 100s; what that is in Celsius I have no idea! Funny side story, when I was in Germany I got pretty ill and hit 40 degrees Celsius for a few days, or so the thermometer said. I had no idea how bad that actually was until I returned home and looked it up...
RadioactiveD
its strange about the crowd as when I tried to look for a ticket for this game I read it was sold out on the 1st day and since the only way to buy tickets was in person I didn't bother further, and in this day and age no online sales is crazy. No wonder noone came!!!!!!! and why was it played in ma******** Hong Kong which is much easier to get to and there are more local people, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
starginga
mmm still a lot of the squad to be trimmed to let the young talent shine i think so
starginga
Chelsea cut Chengdu Blades to seven pieces Shaun Wright-Phillips stars as London side's Asian tour continues with leisurely rout of spineless Chinese opposition catchy headline funny lasy goal did you see the bench double out in stiches hahahahahahahahahah
starginga
40 degrees?! did you not go hospital lol;/
pulse
Saw the goals and they were all brilliant.
C_Blue
Joey's backheel was great!
RadioactiveD
It's the humidity I can't stand. Give me 40/45 and dry in the Middle East over 29 and muggy and oppresive to the point where my head feels like it will implode any day!!!
SpanishBlue
Lets hope this attacking free scoring football continues
sw6cfc
Wonder what we'll get hammered for next season if we win the Quadruple playing breath taking football?! I'd like to find out!!!
SpanishBlue
 

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