Wednesday July 30, 2014 July Finished

Vitesse 1 - 3 Chelsea

  • Djurdjevic 89’
  • Salah 3’
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  1. Friendly match - Fabregas impresses as Chelsea ease past Vitesse

    Friendly match - Fabregas impresses as Chelsea ease past Vitesse

    Chelsea's pre-season preparations continued with a comfortable 3-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem, with Cesc Fabregas' whipped free kick goal a particular highlight. More

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    Time:90'
    • Vitesse
    • Chelsea
    • 90' FULL TIME: Vitesse Arnhem 1 Chelsea 3. A comfortable win for the Blues, with goals from Salah, Fabregas and Matic sealing four wins from five pre-season games for Chelsea.
    • 89' GOAL! Vitesse Arnhem 1 (89 mins - Djurdjevic) Chelsea 3. The home side have a consolation goal! The Chelsea backline fell asleep, allowing a cross to loop over them, with Djurdjevic heading in at the back post.
    • 88' The home side wins a freekick in a good position on the right side, but the delivery is incredibly poor. It actually bounced before it even reached the first man. That's how awful it was.
    • 87' With so many changes being made the flow has completely leaked out of this game. I can't see many more goalscoring opportunities being created before the end. They seem quite happy just to pass the ball around.
    • 86' Veko tries his best to dodge and dive through the Chelsea defence, but he gives himself too much to do and is eventually tackled by Romeu, who stood up well and held his ground.
    • 85' Torres comes forward and plays the ball out to Baker, who has the chance to lump it into the box, but he turns back and the momentum of the move is lost. What a waste.
    • 84' Vitesse appeals for a penalty kick after a perceived hand ball by Terry are turned down by the referee. It was the correct decision. The ball was fizzed into the box, but it hit the centre back on the chest as he stooped.
    • 83' Mourinho decides to give pretty much every single one of his subs a game, with even Cech coming off for Beeney, who has played in every single one of Chelsea's pre-season games so far.
    • 82' Chelsea sub: Petr Cech and Branislav Ivanovic OFF, Mitchell Beeney and Nathaniel Chalobah ON.
    • 81' As I suggested earlier, Zouma has been given a chance at centre-back, replacing Cahill with 10 miunutes left to go. Can he force his way into the starting lineup given the departure of David Luiz this summer?
    • 80' Chelsea sub: Cesc Fabregas OFF, Lewis Baker ON.
    • 79' Chelsea sub: Gary Cahill, Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa OFF, Kurt Zouma, Jeremie Boga, Dominic Solanke ON.
    • 78' It was also very unselfish play from Costa, who put two goals on a plate for teammates tonight. The Spanish international has been very impressive and is the striker Chelsea has been looking for under Mourinho.
    • 77' Fantastic play by Matic, who has been the best player on the pitch in my opinion. He didn't let the Vitesse defender settle on the ball and created something from nothing through pressure.
    • 76' GOAL! Vitesse Arnhem 0 Chelsea 3 (76 mins - Nemanja Matic). And Chelsea have their third. Matic charged down the defender, putting Costa through on goal, who squared it for Matic to finish into the empty net.
    • 75' Well what do you know? Vitesse have the ball! But as has been the problem for them all the way through the game, they simply can't break down the Chelsea backline.
    • 74' This is something of a passing drill for Chelsea now. I don't thin the home side have touched the ball in the last five minutes. Fabregas has enjoyed himself as the number 10 on the pitch.
    • 73' This hasn't really been much of a test for Chelsea tonight. They've completely dominated and took control of the game very early in the first half. Vitesse have offered very little going forward.
    • 72' Mourinho gives an opportunity to youngster Ake, who slots in at left back. Azpilicueta has been moved up to left wing. The Spaniard will probably finish the game as a striker. Remember, he started as a centre-back tonight.
    • 71' Chelsea sub: Mohammed Salah OFF, Nathan Ake ON.
    • 70' Costa looks to be running out of gas. Remember, he's still not completely over that injury that hindered his World Cup with Spain, so I wouldn't be surprised if the former Atletico man comes off soon.
    • 69' It looks like Chelsea and Mourinho are getting ready to make a few more changes to the team from the bench. I would imagine we might see Zouma at some point, maybe coming on for Cahill?
    • 68' Van Ginkl comes off to the loudest reception of the evening. Of course, the midfielder used to play here for Vitesse, and Mourinho is joking that he brought him only so he could get such a reception.
    • 67' Chelsea sub: Marco Van Ginkel OFF, Oriol Romeu ON.
    • 66'
    • 65' Van Ginkel gives the ball away loosely and then crunches through the Vitesse midfielder to win it back. And he won it back fairly too! It was a clean tackle, even if it was made with force.
    • 64' Vitesse Arnhem make a number of changes from the bench, which will do wonders for the fluidity they were already struggling to find. That's sarcasm, by the way.
    • 63' That would have been the goal of the season before the season has even started! What a strike that was. It's certainly the closest Vitesse have come to finding the net. Couldn't come any closer!
    • 62' What an incredible effort! Labyad, who has impressed for Vitesse, cuts inside off the right side and smashes a dipping effort towards goal, crashing the ball off the crossbar with Cech stranded.
    • 61' That really should have been the third for Chelsea. Torres should have found the net, but by his standards that's not too bad a miss. I mean, we've all seen that miss from the weekend, right?
    • 60' Costa is played through on goal, but finds himself confronted by the opposition keeper, who smothers his shot. The rebound ends up at the feet of Torres, but he can't squeeze it home with a defender in the way.
    • 59' There's a real lack of quality about this Vitesse side. They actually went nine games without so much as a win at the end of last season, as they endured a dismal second half of the campaign.
    • 58' The ball comes into Torres from Salah, with the Spanih striker holding the ball up and playing it out to Van Ginkel. However, the midfielder blasts his effort well over the crossbar.
    • 57' This is actually the first time that Chelsea and Vitesse Arnhem have played each other, despite the working relationship between the two teams.
    • 56' It now looks like Torres will be used as the central striker, with Costa moving out to the left side of the attacking frontline. This is a chance for the former Liverpool man to show he still deserves a place at Chelsea.
    • 55' Costa surges down the left side and tries to find Fabregas with a cross into the box, but the cross is a little too close to the keeper, who comes off his line to claim the ball.
    • 54' Chelsea need to calm down their passing and regain control of this game. Vitesse have been much better in the second half, even if they haven't created any real chances to speak of.
    • 53' The home side have caused Chelsea problems when they play their set pieces into the near post. Of course, that's where Lampard used to position himself. Maybe Mourinho needs a defensive rethink in that sense.
    • 52' Vitesse win a corner kick but their short corner is poor, with the eventual delivery scooped high into the air, giving Cech a chance to keep it in play and spark an attack for Chelsea.
    • 51' Chelsea come away on the counter attack following a Vitesse corner kick, but Salah can't reach the ball forward, even with his pace, and the keeper comes off his line to clear down the pitch.
    • 50' Vitesse have started this second half better. To be honest, they couldn't have had any less energy than they did in the first half. They've lifted the intensity and the home crowd has responded.
    • 49' Must mention that Room, the Vitesse Arnhem goalkeeper, has been replaced at the break. Not that surprising. He was a liability in the first half. In fact, I'm not even sure he was a keeper. Maybe he was the kit man?
    • 48' Cahill does well to block an effort from inside the box by Veko, but Traore fluffs his lines on the rebound. There were claims for a hand ball but replays show that there was nothing in it.
    • 47' That's an interesting change by Mourinho. It means that Azpilicueta moves to left back, where he played for much of last season despite being a right back by trade. Mourinho likes his versatility.
    • 46' Chelsea sub: Filipe Luis OFF, John Terry ON.
    • 45' The second half is under way between Vitesse Arnhem and Chelsea!
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    • 45' HALF TIME: Vitesse Arnhem 0 Chelsea 2. Good first half from the visitors, with goals from Salah and Fabregas putting the Blues two up at the break. Vitesse haven't offered much but Mourinho will be pleased.
    • 44' Matic has been fantastic for Chelsea, as he was in the second half of the season last term. He's a force of nature in the centre of midfield, both in an attacking and defensive sense.
    • 43' I get the feeling that both teams are waiting for half time here. Chelsea will probably make a few changes at the break, something Mourinho has a bit of a reputation for. Could we see Drogba?
    • 42' Cech has to make another save, this time tipping over the bar from freekick 25 yards out from goal. He was comfortable with the effort but still needed to make the stop.
    • 41' It's very quiet inside the Gerledome. That's probably a result of the performance the home team are putting in on the pitch. Vitesse have shown little energy or invention on the ball.
    • 40' This goalkeeper thinks he's Manuel Neuer. But there is only one Manuel Neuer.
    • 39' Where was Room going? Matic plays a wonderful pass into the channel for Salah to run on to, but the keeper comes off his line, giving the Chelsea player the chance to round him. But his touch is too strong and Vitesse clear the danger.
    • 38' Cech is called into action! A threaded pass through the centre off the Chelsea backline releases Leerdam, but the goalkeeper comes off his line to smother the shot from the attacker.
    • 34' The intensity has dropped out of this game in the last 10 minutes or so. Vitesse don't look particularly sharp and are passing the ball around with little urgency. There's something missing from their game.
    • 33' Wow! What a mistake by the Vitesse goalkeeper, Room. From a back pass he's actually managed to put the ball ball behind for a corner kick. Don't think I've ever seen anything like that before.
    • 32' Torres tries to play the ball through to Salah, who is making a run down one of the channels, but the pass is a bit too early and the Vitesse defender can recover in time to make the interception.
    • 31' Whenever Chelsea look the ball in the opposition half, they are so fast to snap back into their defensive shap and recover possession as soon as they can through positional sense. That's the Mourinho effect.
    • 30' Fabregas looks to have aged about 10 years in the month that's been at Chelsea. I think it's the haircut, but the former Arsenal midfielder looks 37, not 27 at the moment!
    • 29' Costa drives at the Vitesse backline once again, throwing in a few stepovers and tricks to lose the defender. But he can't find a teammate in attack, and Chelsea have to turn back and start again.
    • 28' Whoops! Cech makes a mess of a back pass, getting his feet in a muddle, but he manages to clear the ball and Luis clears the danger in the left back position. The goalkeeper wipes the sweat from his brow.
    • 27'
    • 26' Vitesse are looking to keep the ball again in defence and midfield, but whenever they move the ball into the final third they look toothless. You get the feeling that Chelsea could add a few more tonight.
    • 25' And it could have been three! Salah tries to find the bottom left corner of the Vitesse net with a low shot from the edge of the box but the keeper does well to get down and tip it round the post.
    • 24' GOAL! Vitesse Arnem 0 Chelsea 2 (24 mins - Cesc Fabregas). What a delightful freekick by Fabregas! The former Arsenal man gets the ball up and over the ball from 20 yards and finds the top corner.
    • 23' Costa picks up the ball 25 yards out from goal and drives at the opposition backline. But he's brought down rather cynically on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 22' Costa is an absolute battering ram of a striker. You can see why Mourinho wanted him at Chelsea so badly. He leads the line with so much strength, holding the ball up for his teammates.
    • 21' Torres is struggling to get involved with the game in an unfamiliar wide position. I think you'll see Hazard in that role for the opening game against Burnley, but who will play on the other flank? Willian, Oscar or Salah?
    • 20' Vitesse are managing to keep hold of the ball much better now, but aren't really making any headway. In that sense, Chelsea haven't had to deal with much, other than the threat of Veko.
    • 19'
    • 16' This has been a very open start to the match. Both sides are creating chances and look dangerous on the attack. Chelsea are somewhat slack at set pieces but Vitesse are playing themselves into trouble.
    • 15' Fabregas whips a corner kick into the penalty area from the right side, but Ivanovic mistimes his leap and puts his header over the bar. He should have done better than that.
    • 14' This is also a chance for Traore, the Vitesse Arnhem striker, to impress, given that he's coming up against his parent club. Traore featured for Chelsea in their pre-season tour last season.
    • 13' Once again a set piece causes Chelsea some problems, with the Vitesse header landing on top of the net, but just for a moment Cech was worried.
    • 12' Good effort by Veko and very good save by Cech! The Chelsea defenders back off the Georgian striker, who unleashes a strike from the best part of 25 yards, but Cech sticks up a hand to force it over the bar.
    • 11' The resulting corner kick causes mayhem in the Chelsea penalty area, but in the end Cahill sweeps up the danger and wins a freekick at his own byline.
    • 10' A chance for the home side! Vako juggles the ball inside the area and almost manages to poke the ball into the net, but Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is on hand to force it behind for a corner.
    • 9' Chelsea have started the better of the two teams, but Vitesse are enjoying a spell of possession for the first time in the game.
    • 8' Of course, this is a good chance for players like Salah to impress. He's featured heavily in pre-season, with some of the World Cup players still on holiday, and he's shown Mourinho what he can do.
    • 7' And Salah almost adds a second minutes later! The attacker takes a powerful pass on his chest and tries to poke the ball past the advancing keeper, but the Vitesse defender is back on the line.
    • 6' Looking at replays, Costa may well have been offside when the ball was played forward by Matic, but he did really well to poke it across goal for Salah, who had the simple task of finishing.
    • 5' GOAL! Vitesse Arnhem 0 Chelsea 1 (4 mins - Mohammed Salah). Great work by Chelsea in midfield by Matic releases through Costa, who turns provider with a slipped pass to Salah to finish into the empty net.
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    • 3' Courtois and Drogba are on the bench, but there's no sign of Lukaku. I wonder where he could be? I'll tell you where, he's on Merseyside to complete his move to Everton, which he basically confirmed on his Twitter account today.
    • 2' It looks like Mourinho's side are lining up in a 4-2-3-1, with new signing Costa the apex in the frontline. Fabregas will play as the number 10, with Torres on the left and Salah on the right.
    • 1' We're under way at the Gelredome in the Netherlands!
    • 18:25 TEAM NEWS: Vitesse Arnhem - Room, Wallace, Kashia, Van der Heijden, Kruiswijk, Vejinovic, Leerdam, Propper, Labyad, Qazaishvili, Traore. /// Chelsea - Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luis, Van Ginkel, Fabregas, Matic, Salah, Costa, Torres.
    • 18:20 I'm Graham Ruthven and you can contact me on Twitter ahead of the game. Are you looking forward to seeing Chelsea newbies Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas? Tweet me!
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    • 18:15 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the friendly game between Vitesse Arnhem and Chelsea. We'll bring you all the action and goals as they go in. Kick-off: 18:30.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL! Vitesse Arnhem 1 (89 mins - Djurdjevic) Chelsea 3. The home side have a consolation goal! The Chelsea backline fell asleep, allowing a cross to loop over them, with Djurdjevic heading in at the back post.
    • 76' GOAL! Vitesse Arnhem 0 Chelsea 3 (76 mins - Nemanja Matic). And Chelsea have their third. Matic charged down the defender, putting Costa through on goal, who squared it for Matic to finish into the empty net.
    • 60' Costa is played through on goal, but finds himself confronted by the opposition keeper, who smothers his shot. The rebound ends up at the feet of Torres, but he can't squeeze it home with a defender in the way.
    • 38' Cech is called into action! A threaded pass through the centre off the Chelsea backline releases Leerdam, but the goalkeeper comes off his line to smother the shot from the attacker.
    • 25' And it could have been three! Salah tries to find the bottom left corner of the Vitesse net with a low shot from the edge of the box but the keeper does well to get down and tip it round the post.
    • 24' GOAL! Vitesse Arnem 0 Chelsea 2 (24 mins - Cesc Fabregas). What a delightful freekick by Fabregas! The former Arsenal man gets the ball up and over the ball from 20 yards and finds the top corner.
    • 12' Good effort by Veko and very good save by Cech! The Chelsea defenders back off the Georgian striker, who unleashes a strike from the best part of 25 yards, but Cech sticks up a hand to force it over the bar.
    • 7' And Salah almost adds a second minutes later! The attacker takes a powerful pass on his chest and tries to poke the ball past the advancing keeper, but the Vitesse defender is back on the line.
    • 5' GOAL! Vitesse Arnhem 0 Chelsea 1 (4 mins - Mohammed Salah). Great work by Chelsea in midfield by Matic releases through Costa, who turns provider with a slipped pass to Salah to finish into the empty net.

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