Chelsea defeats Seattle Sounders 4-2
Chelsea beat Seattle last night in the Blues’ first preseason match. With six total goals, it was an entertaining game for fans, though oddly all six came in the first half.
For me, the best thing about the match was seeing Chelsea’s new signings for the first time. Marko Marin and Eden Hazard were the most impressive (and each scored a goal). It was encouraging to see their speed in transition, and accuracy in passing and shooting on goal.
I was also pleased to see Romelu Lukaku get two goals in a lone striker position. The poor guy will probably be saddled with Drogba comparisons all season, but the strength on the ball he demonstrated, particularly on his first goal, couldn’t help but remind us of good ol’ Didier. Lukaku has tons of potential – he’s still only nineteen! I hope we get to see his aerial prowess tested this preseason. With his height, he could be a great target. I’d also like to see him be able to possess the ball in the box area long enough to dish it off or create space for himself to shoot. Last night wasn’t a fantastic performance from Lukaku. Aside from his two goals, he wasn’t involved very much. But he definitely showed enough to make me hope Chelsea doesn’t loan him out this season.
In the second half, we also got a good first look at Kevin De Bruyne. Like Marin and Hazard in the first half, De Bruyne showed a lot of speed and energy. I liked his eagerness to shoot, though he wasn’t as accurate as Marin was from similar areas of the field. De Bruyne will really have to prove himself this preseason since Chelsea has so much talent at midfield. He might be a good striker off the bench as well, but with Mata, Torres, Sturridge, and Lukaku available, it won’t be easy to get starts. I liked De Bruyne’s effort last night, it will just be interesting to see if there’s room for him in the first team.
Of course, it was fun to see Lampard and Essien mixing it up with the new guys in the second half. I really hope Essien makes a full return to his regular starting role. I still think he has a lot to contribute.
My favorite thing about Chelsea’s play last night was their fast transitions through the middle third of the pitch. I complained a lot last season about their slow transitions and build-up play. If they can hone the kind of transitions we saw last night, they will be a lot more dangerous (and fun to watch) next season!
What did you think of Chelsea’s play against Seattle?