Chelsea will fly to Beijing for the start of our pre-season tour on Tuesday, but the Blues engaged in a competitive friendly game with close neighbours Fulham before that.
It was goals galore for the Blues as Chelsea won the game 8-2, with five of those goals coming from Willian and Michy Batshuayi – a hatrick for the Brazilian and a brace for the Belgian.
Below is the Chelsea team that started the first-half, with Willy Caballero making his debut.
Chelsea team first half: Caballero; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro.
Chelsea took the lead through Willian fifteen minutes into the game. The Blues took advantage of Fulham’s Kevin McDonald error as he gifted possession to Pedro who stole in and slipped the ball right to Batshuayi, and the Belgian unselfishly laid off for Willian to score.
Moments later Batshuayi beat the offside trap down the left channel and squared again for Willian to score.
An Azpilicueta error enabled Fulham to score one just after 20 minutes. But Batshuayi restored Chelsea’s advantage ten minutes later as he turned cleverly on the edge of the area and the Belgian scored a brace as his left-footed strike squirmed through the grip of Fulham goalkeeper David Button. The Belgian was on song four minutes later as he latched onto a lofted Fabregas pass, to make the scores 5-1 before the break.
Conte made nine changes. See the second-half team below:
Chelsea team second half: Eduardo; Clarke-Salter, David Luiz (c) (Azpilicueta 60 (Cahill 75)), Kalas; Kenedy, Pasalic, Scott, Tomori; Boga, Remy, Baker.
Fulham opened the scoring in the second half as they were awarded a penalty after our left wing-back Kenedy brought down Ryan Fredericks inside the box, and Stefan Johansen sent Eduardo the wrong way to score their second goal.
Two minutes later though the Blues’ four-goal lead was restored with Kenedy making amends. He held onto the ball well inside the Fulham area and cut back for Remy to side-foot home.
Cesar Azpilicueta made it 7 for Chelsea 18 minutes from time, after the Blues were awarded a penalty. Blues loanee Lucas Piazon, who returned to Craven Cottage for another season only yesterday, took out Fikayo Tomori and Cesar Azpilicueta scored the resulting penalty.
Remy scored the last goal of the game from yyet another Chelsea penalty. The Frenchman calmly slotted his shot into the bottom corner to make it 8-2, and that’s how the game would finish.