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It was an all-round team performance as Chelsea defeated Barcelona 2-1 in the Blues final pre-season game in Japan.
Tammy Abraham opened the scoring for Chelsea with a calm finish in the 34th minute.
Ross Barkley secured the victory 10 minutes from time with a left-footed drive from the edge of the box. It was a beautiful finish from the Englishman who joined the fray in the second-half.
However, Ivan Rakitic pulled a goal back for Barcelona in injury-time but the Blues held on to claim the win and end the tour of Japan in grand style.
Frank Lampard lined his team up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, and the Blues were excellent, matching Barcelona toe to toe. The double pivot combination of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic was excellent and produced huge result.
Lampard was full of praise for Kovacic who was outstanding during the game.
Lampard told the media after the game: “I thought he was outstanding in the first half. I really liked Kovacic last season, I watched Chelsea a lot. I saw lots in his game I really liked and what I’ve found here on this tour from the first day he turned up is a hungry attitude, desire to work and an incredible talent on the ball and I want to work with him and help him improve.
“I think there’s so much talent there and I really like him. I’m really pleased, we know we’ve got numbers in midfield areas but I can’t help but be excited by some of the elements in his performance today and I think there’s even more to come.”
However, Chelsea fans chose to praise Jorginho who also had a good game, and his press high up the pitch led to an assist for Tammy Abraham’s goal.
“Jorginho is going to be a beast next season!! I am excited by him!” a Chelsea fan tweeted.
“Speaking of Jorginho, intercepting Busquets and assisting the goal? My midfielder,” another fan tweeted.
“Jorginho’s been [N’Golo] Kante mixed with Cesc [Fabregas] in a blinder today. Singlehandedly exposed Barça overhyped midfield,” said one.
“Jorginho been a beast! You lot were blinded by ignorance and hate,” added a fourth.