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After back to back wins against Barcelona and Reading, Frank Lampard’s side have won the third game in a row as the Blues defeated RB Salzburg 5-3 in Austria.
After an entertaining start to the game, it was Chelsea who drew the first blood courtesy of American star and January signing Christian Pulisic. With 20 minutes into the game, Pulisic scored the first goal with a nice finish and stunning pace. Not too long afterwards, Pulisic was brought down in the box, with Ross Barkley scoring the resultant penalty.
Three minutes after Barkley’s penalty goal, the Englishman played an exquisite pass to Pulisic who was again calm in front of goal to score his brace and Chelsea’s third.
Chelsea continued to threaten, but no further goals came as the first half ended 3-0. Salzburg did respond shortly after the break from a corner, but Pedro soon made it 4-1 with an audacious goal. Pedro received a wonderful pass from Barkley and his finish was even more wonderful as his volleyed backflick from Barkley’s cross was pure genius and is definitely the best goal of the 2019 pre-season. Pedro’s goal came just before the hour mark, but there were three further goals late in the game.
Salzburg sub Takumi Minamino scored from the spot to give the Austrian side a little bit of hope in the 85th minute, but Chelsea sub Michy Batshuayi showed great determination to score a goal three minutes later. Minamino capitalised on a poor Chelsea defending to score a late goal with the last kick of the game as Chelsea won 5-3.
See Chelsea’s lineup for this clash below
Chelsea’s XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Luiz, Emerson, Kovacic, Jorginho, Pedro, Barkley, Pulisic, Abraham
Subs: Caballero, Cumming, Tomori, Alonso, Christensen, Zappacosta, Kenedy, Mount, Giroud, Batshuayi