Report: Chelsea Beat Barcelona 2-1 As Lampard’s Side Show Class

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Chelsea were in good form as the Blues defeated Barcelona 2-1 in pre-season in the Saitaima Stadium Japan.

Tammy Abraham opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 34th minute with a well-taken effort after Jorginho had won possession high up the pitch. Chelsea’s high pressing troubled the Spanish side in the first half, and the Blues pressed high up the pitch to win the ball and the ball fell kindly to Abraham who beat the goalkeeper neatly to score the first goal.

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.

See Chelsea’s lineup for this game

Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson; Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Mount, Pulisic; Abraham.

Substitutes: Caballero, Cumming, Zappacosta, Zouma Tomori, Alonso, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Palmer, Kenedy, Barkely, Giroud, Batshuayi.

For this game, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Tammy Abraham were in the starting line-up having missed the previous game due to illness but both are now back after illness and tonsillitis respectively. It was Kepa’s first game under Lampard.

Kurt Zouma and Marcos Alonso were half-time substitutes, then followed Fikayo Tomori, Kenedy and Olivier Giroud.

Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta were 70 minute substitutes.

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