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Chelsea’s third pre-season game under new boss Frank Lampard didn’t come off with a victory as the Blues lost the game 1-0 to Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale.
Lampard started with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Pedro, Mason Mount and Kenedy supporting Michy Batshuayi in attack, while Kurt Zouma and David Luiz were the centre-back pairing. Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho sat at the base of midfield. Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso started in the fullback position.
Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Olivier Giroud, Andreas Christense, Emerson, Ross Barkley, Kasey Palmer, Danny Drinkwater and Christian Pulisic were all introduced in the second-half.
The Blues battled hard in the Yokohama heat against Kawasaki Frontale and created a number of decent chances but couldn’t find a way past the Kawasaki keeper Jung Sung Ryong.
Ryong kept out Kenedy and Olivier Giroud with some good saves and when it looked like a Mason Mount effort would beat him, he had a defender to thank for blocking the first-half shot.
Chelsea’s defence was solid for most parts of the game and Willy Caballero was largely untroubled until the final stages when Kawasaki became the more threatening side and created a flurry of late chances, one of which was converted by sub Leandro Damiao from a corner, with Chelsea defending poorly for the goal.
Chelsea’s next game is against Barcelona on Tuesday.