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Singha 0 Chelsea 1

I only caught the second half of the first friendly of the Far East tour, a prior engagement had meant my presence was required elsewhere.

But what I saw showed me that Chelsea look to be in good stead for the coming season. Without those still resting up after the Confederations Cup, Jose Mourinho used the fixture t give some of the younger, fringe members of the squad a chance to show what they can do.

However, drifting away from the action on the pitch, it was fantastic to see the level of local support for the club with banners paraded confirming their allegiance to our wonderful institution, all a far cry from the Chelsea of twenty years ago and definite proof that we are one of the globes biggest names.

As it turned out, Chelsea did for Jose Mourinho what Manchester United couldn`t do for David Moyes, namely a win in the first match of their new tenures. On Saturday, United against a weaker Singa All-Stars side were defeated 1-0, whilst Chelsea won this encounter by the same score-line, courtesy of a penalty from Romelu Lukaku after our impressive Brazilian full-back, Wallace, had been hauled down in the box.

Others to impress on the day were Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Shurrle and Maco Van Ginkel. But, in games like this, we accept that it is more about getting the fitness levels up and sharpening up than the result.

Beforehand, Mourinho had chirped that it would be great to start with a win but that it wasn`t the be-all and end-all if a win was not forthcoming. After the win, Jose had a lot to say, in particular about the Rooney chase, but sticking to what he`d seen on the field of play he commented to the media,

"Defensively we were very strong. We moved the ball quite well, but we didn`t create many chances."

"We are not sharp at the moment, we have a lot to improve, but it was okay - a good training session."


Because basically that is precisely how these games should be treated, as training sessions, but what a fantastic crowd this one was played out in front off!




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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 18 2013

Time: 1:05PM

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I really liked the performances of some of the players, bar a few of them who didnt impress. Methinks all that is left is #Fitness and team #Chemistry. As evident yesterday, there are few tinkering, that need to be done here and there to make the team ready for the new season.
objectivekritic
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18/07/2013 13:25:00

A decent outing for all the lads.
syed230183_chelseafc
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18/07/2013 13:27:00

Good start to pre season. There was some real standout performances such as Wallace, KDB ran the creative side of our game he was all over the pitch, Essen bossed the midfield with his strength and forward passing. But to be honest I was a bit disappointed with Sherrle, he seemed to always cut on to his right foot (much like he does in his YouTube clips) I trust there's more to his game b'cos he'll get found out very quick in the prem.
Nobleonenoble
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18/07/2013 13:32:00

Lukaku also impressed me, looked very sharp and he's lost alot of weight since he was last with us.
Nobleonenoble
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18/07/2013 13:34:00

i just watched the replay a couple of hours a go and all i can conclude is , first half team were good defensively , second half were offensively good . more chances were created in second half . My , Singha goalkeeper was having his day on the field .
JackSufre
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18/07/2013 13:35:00

kdb was the star he was fantastics his cross his one touch his passing were outstanding...if we get rossi than we can play oscar ddr pivot while haz and kdb on wings and mata behind our striker it would be fantastic to have haz kdb mataand oscar in starting if we get rossi for dm...
shlok27
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18/07/2013 13:39:00

Lukaku played well.he was able 2 hold the ball n pass it 2 others despite the fact that our oppenents played so defensive thus overcrowding him.
blue5
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18/07/2013 13:58:00

Not a bad start... looking forward to better sharpness and creativity...
Latunvic
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18/07/2013 13:59:00

I couldnt see the whole match but from what I saw n heard KDB made all of chelsea fans board members slap themselves for keeping him away from the bridge for 18 facking months!
yash_blue
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18/07/2013 17:07:00

glad lukaku got the goal. kevin de bruyne had a good game too!
tsuul
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18/07/2013 22:54:00

^^Meanwhile $hitty's losing streak continues
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19/07/2013 10:17:00

 

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