Review: Borussia Monchengladbach 2 Chelsea 2

Penalties in the second half courtesy of Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley salvaged a draw for the Blues at Borussia Park.

The starting lineup tells us that Frank Lampard is beginning to find his preferred eleven but the defence is far from perfect. Chelsea’s attack is going to win games this season while the defence might be the reason to lose. The return of Kante proved helpful in the second half but Lampard needs to tweak his tactics to fit his defence given he can’t sign anyone new.

The hosts started very well and scored the first goal of Kepa’s giveaway in the defensive third. The second is one Chelsea fans will dread when he let Hofmann score through his legs.

There were a lot of defensive mistakes by Chelsea in the first half and they paid for it. But the Blues had their chances as well which could have put them ahead before halftime but a lack of finishing from the entire group didn’t make it happen. Yann Sommer deserves a lot of credit when he pulled off a string of saves to keep them at bay.

The team came out with a better ambition in the second half and did well when Kovacic won a penalty past the hour mark. Tammy Abraham kept his cool and sent Sommer the wrong way.

Ross Barkley had a golden chance to score the second from open play but he sent the ball wide of the post. Mason Mount’s work rate troubled the Borussia defence and he won Chelsea the second penalty of the night which Barkley converted successfully to draw level.

Kepa made amends for his mistake when he made a fine save at the end of the match.

This concludes pre-season for Chelsea. A tough test in English football’s top-flight awaits Frank Lampard when they travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on the opening weekend.

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