Chelsea defeated MLS side New England Revolution 3-0 in a friendly game in the United States – as the game was billed to raise the profile of the club’s Say No To Antisemitism campaign and combat all forms of discrimination in the game.
The match was played in the impressive Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and Maurizio Sarri played a strong squad for this game.
Ross Barkley found the net as early as the third minute with a composed finish and Olivier Giroud doubled the advantage with a header before half-time. Barkley scored a brace and Chelsea’s third when a Gonzalo Higuain shot struck him midway through the second period and with the game done and dusted, there were opportunities for three youngsters – Conor Gallagher who replaced an injured Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah.
Over $4 million dollars was raised for a range of organisation’s from this friendly.
Up next for the Blues is the Europa League final on May 29, and Sarri revealed before the game against Leicester City that he was displeased with the timing of this friendly against New England Revolution.
“Now we need to rest,” Sarri said in his post-match interview after the shootout victory over Frankfurt. “Unfortunately we have to go to play in the United States.
“Because I think in this moment, we need to rest. We have 10 days to prepare for the final.
“We have to recover energy because we are really very tired.”