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Chengdu Blades 0 Chelsea 7

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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Date:Saturday July 26 2008
Time: 3:01PM


Exhibition stuff. No opposition at all from the Blades.
26/07/2008 15:04:00
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
26/07/2008 15:04:00
I guess that was the easiest friendly we have played in a long time?
26/07/2008 15:04:00
CF, agreed.
Fan of Blues
26/07/2008 15:04:00
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!
26/07/2008 15:09:00
So far Lampard, Kalou, SWP, Joe Cole and Di Santo all have scored 2 goals in 2 games.
Fan of Blues
26/07/2008 15:09:00
Di Santo looked far more accomplished they I thought he would, he's a little raw but he's gonna be the business!
26/07/2008 15:10:00
He should be played more than Sheva. ;)
Fan of Blues
26/07/2008 15:10:00
No problems then, Sheva doesnt play anyways
26/07/2008 15:13:00
But still makes 120,000 (or more) a week. Get rid!
Fan of Blues
26/07/2008 15:15:00
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!!!
26/07/2008 15:18:00
lol.. Sheva could be Di Santo's personal coach??
26/07/2008 15:19:00
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.
26/07/2008 15:27:00
it's much more difficult to hit swp than it is the goal--malouda must have amazing shot precision!
26/07/2008 15:29:00
What is the point of traveling to Macau if the stadium is far from full?
26/07/2008 15:30:00
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.
26/07/2008 15:35:00
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.
26/07/2008 15:38:00
"came in the fifty-fifth minute when Jose Cole." You're missing Maureen more and more, aren't you? ;)
26/07/2008 15:42:00
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.
26/07/2008 15:51:00
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
26/07/2008 15:52:00
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