Jose Mourinho‘s return as head coach to Chelsea has brought out the true spirit of the team on the field. In fact, last night, the Blues defeated Inter Milan of Italy in a pre-season friendly to open the International Champions Cup courtesy of a 2-0 score line.
The team was disciplined in goal, defense and midfield, but the attack looked like it needed some work.
In fact, the goals were scored by two midfielders: Oscar and Eden Hazard. These guys pushed up and created as much as possible from the middle third and did not do a bad job by any means. Romelu Lukaku held the fort decently up top, but could not find the net. Fernando Torres looked lost as well even after a more-than-decent FIFA Confederations Cup tournament earlier this summer.
Honestly, Mourinho still seems like he would like to bring in a top striker from somewhere around Europe, as Lukaku would be good off the bench while Torres is unfortunately losing his form for this club. Maybe it is still way too early to decide that, but this Inter team had so many weaknesses that Chelsea’s 2-0 score seemed way too insufficient.
Regardless, this was an overall good game for the side from Stamford Bridge, and they will have yet another chance to prove themselves in their next pre-season game. Mou will certainly utilize his best, as well as his young players, in a different combination to realize which group is more efficient both defensively and offensively.
Judging by this game and the shape of the players, this Chelsea side may be good enough to return to the top of this league and perhaps go far down the road in the Champions League. Yes, it may be too soon to state that, but this is a team that is used to winning and with a coach who loves the organization, it is all more than possible.