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After the 0-0 draw at Leicester on Sunday, Chelsea flew across to the US to play MLS side New England Revolution in a charity match backed by Owner Roman Abramovich & NE owner Robert Kraft.
Chelsea started off with a strong side which included regular 1st team players.
The Blues took the lead in the opening 3 minutes from Ross Barkley which was the 1st goal witnessed by Roman Abramovich being in attendance for well over a year.
Just on the half hour mark Olivier Giroud made it 2-0 with a diving header which replays looked to show he was offside.
Pedro missed 2 chances just before the end of the half but Chelsea went into half time at 2-0 which meant a lot of changes were made for the 2nd half.
Players such as Kepa, David Luiz and Eden Hazard were all taken off before the 2nd half kicked off with Cesar Azpilicueta shifted into Centre Back.
Barkley put Chelsea 3-0 up after getting the last touch off a deflected shot from Higuain.
But the worst fear happened midway into the 2nd half as Ruben Loftus-Cheek went down with an injury and had to be helped off, putting him in serious doubt for the UEFA Europa League Final. Mixed reports so far on the severity but some are saying it could be Achilles.
This injury could have happened to anyone that played tonight due to the overall poor state of the pitch.
Reece James and a couple of other returning loanees managed to get some late minutes but unfortunately that was overshadowed due to the injury.
Overall it was a stroll for Chelsea as the scoreline finished 3-0. But questions will not be asked about the Boards decision to schedule this friendly in when there may well have been a European Final to prepare for.
Some better news though, N’Golo Kante looks like he will be returning for the final as he returned to light training at Cobham yesterday.