Christian Pulisic bagged a brace and Pedro scored a worldie as Chelsea ran riot over RB Salzburg.
Things don’t look good in defence for the London side as well as they conceded 3 goals twice in a span of 3 days. But the attack seems much better as they scored 9 goals in the same period.
Lampard chose a very strong Chelsea team to face the Austrian Champions at the Red Bull Arena. Eight of the starting eleven played the second half at Reading on Sunday. Kepa returned to the goal while Barkley and Pulisic took the remaining spots.
Salzburg, who have already started their season started brighter of the two sides with their pacy game threatening Chelsea’s defence. Both teams played scrappy football for the first few minutes until Chelsea went into a three-goal lead in a very short period of time.
Pedro found Pulisic running behind the host’s defence, who let them run past him to create space to shoot and did so exquisitely when he slotted the ball to the bottom left corner with absolute ease to score his first goal in a Chelsea shirt.
Less than two minutes later a burst of pace from the American following Kovacic’s run past a bunch of players saw Pulisic brought down in the box with a poor tackle and Barkley kept his calm from the spot to score Chelsea’s second of the night.
Barkley who collected Kepa’s throw found Pulisic who once again ran behind the Salzburg defence with a diagonal cross-field pass that will leave you in awe. Pulisic’s pace got the better of them as he calmly chipped over the keeper.
After halftime, Salzburg pulled one back when Jerome Onguene headed a corner into Kepa’s goal after losing his marker David Luiz in the Chelsea box.
Near the hour mark, Pedro scored an absolute wonder goal when he backheeled a pass from Barkley in mid-air. Doesn’t matter if FIFA includes pre-season for the Puskas Award, this one should be considered anyway.
Minutes later Salzburg won a penalty when Zappacosta who was on for Azpilicueta conceded a silly foul inside the box.
Takumi Minamino took responsibility and scored the penalty. Michy Batshuayi’s determined footwork following a cheap giveaway found the back of the net with a thunderous shot but it was soon undone when Minamino bagged another when his shot rebounded of Kepa and subsequently of him again that left Chelsea’s defence confused.
Chelsea had a lot of positives with the attack but they can’t go in with this defence against Manchester City and expect to outscore them. Lampard will hope this ends soon before the impatient fans start their chants.
Up next for the team is their final pre-season game against Borussia Monchengladbach.