New Beginnings at Chelsea! The Maurizio Sarri era kicked off in style as The Blues came out on top against Perth Glory in a 1-0 win at the Optus Stadium on Monday.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 23, 2018
Chelsea scored early when Youth Academy product, Callum Hudson-Odoi’s pin-point cross found Pedro in the box who tucked the ball away into the corner. Despite that being the solitary goal for the Blues the end-result was immensely satisfying. Chelsea Played exciting Football and seemed to be making immense progress in adapting to Maurizio Sarri’s attacking style of play.
Jorginho’s impressive debut
Jorginho touched the ball 101 times and made 98 successful passes on his Chelsea debut.
He only played 45 minutes. pic.twitter.com/pHtlO4O6Nh
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) July 23, 2018
Though Jorginho was taken off at Half-time, the Italian made his presence felt, 101 touches and 98 passes in 45 minutes. That’s one pass every 27 seconds. The lad knows how to make an entrance.
Looking strong: Ross Barkley, Pedro, Fabregas and Hudson Odoi
Ross Barkley looked a changed man. The Former Everton man arrived at Stamford Bridge in January for a £15 million fee. Barkley started the pre-season with a bang! He looked lively on the ball, Physically strong and was a consistent threat. His ability to play on either wing or in Central Midfield could make him a key player for Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea fans should back the talented Englishman!
Pedro scored Chelsea’s only Goal and seemed to enjoy his Football. The Spaniard was deemed ‘too old’ to play this Season by the fans but silenced his critics. The Former Barcelona forward was quick and was threatening on the Right flank.
Fabregas, Captain for the Evening and he lead by example. Sarri’s style of play seemed to suit him the most, Fabregas played with positivity and was always looking to put the ball in attacking areas. If the Midfielder can consistently perform in the following games, he’s sure to play a massive role in Sarri’s Chelsea.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, The Under-17 World Cup winner, is one of the most talented young players in England. Still a teenager, Hudson-Odoi created Chelsea’s only goal, and the Club has reportedly offered him a 5-Year Contract (According to Goal.com).
What next for Chelsea?
Chelsea will face Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup at the Allianz Rivera Stadium in Nice.