The 6th pre-season game for Chelsea ended in another goal-galore, where ”The Blues” managed to secure a 5-3 win at Red Bull Arena of Salzburg.
The first half started pretty quickly for the hosts, as their high pressing were putting the visitors in some sort of difficulty to penetrate and gain territory, but this situation would last until the 20th minute, when Christian Pulisic would score his first Chelsea goal after a perfectly-lofted pass from Pedro, sending the ball right into the bottom corner. Just three minutes later, Christian Pulisic used his pace brilliantly to win a penalty kick, turned into a goal from Ross Barkley. who carried on with his impressive pre-season form, giving two assists in addition to the goal. In the 28th minute, The American exciting prospect scored another goal, this time sending the ball into the back of the net with a very composed finish, courtesy of an assist from Ross Barkley. As a result, the game tempo from Salzburg slowed down and when both teams went to the dressing room, it’s safe to say that Chelsea had produced the best half of their pre-season, where not only the goals, but also the quick transitions, through one-touch passing in the centre from the likes of Barkley, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic etc and releasing Emerson on the left., sent a very ”delicious” flavor to the fans.
The second half wasn’t so pretty to watch as the first for ”the Blues”, because the fluidity of movements faded away with the passing of minutes. David Luiz and Kurt Zouma created a shaky pair in the center of the defense, with the Frenchman being better in some particular moments, but not enough to avoid a header goal from the hosts, courtesy of a corner kick. However, it would be Pedro who would extend the difference with a magical, magical back-heel goal, that will surely be in the memories of the fans for a very long time. In the 85th minute, Minamino scored his team’s second from the penalty spot, 10 minutes after coming off the bench and collected his personal brace on the 92nd minute of the game, just minutes after Michy Batshuayi had roofed the ball into the back of the net, showing great determination to finish the action himself.
Chelsea will know head to the last pre-season game vs Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, where a better defensive display, especially during set-pieces and another great attacking commitment and efficiency are expected to be seen.