Chelsea FC: What do we know, what have we learned
Chelsea won their second pre-season match against Malaysia XI with relative ease, scoring 4 goals in the process while conceding just one.
Even though it is too early to tell, some observations just cannot be ignored.
So, let’s begin our analysis by asking ourselves two simple questions.
1. What have we learned?
Defend, defend and more defend!
Jose Mourinho’s base level philosophy of a solid defence has not changed one bit. No matter how many goals the team scores, the beauty of his game lies in the defence.
Against Malaysia XI, the Chelsea defence was as well organised as a march is in a military regime.
Reading runs of the opponents, keeping an eye out for the through balls, well timed tackles and dominant in the air, John Terry and co. had it all in the match and maintained it for the major part of the game.
Malaysia XI did not have a clear sight of goal for as long as 40 minutes, and finally, when a shot was hit, it was from long out and Mark Schwarzer dealt with it easily.
It was not as much the incapability of the home team as the astute organisation of the defence that made the victory look relatively smooth.
The defensive midfield of Marco van Ginkel and Michael Essien did their job in the first half and provided an unbreakable shield in front of the back four. In the second half, Ramires and Nathaniel Chalobah stepped up to the plate and did the same.
Even the attackers fulfilled their defensive duties with grace, unlike, a certain Fernando Torres.
Chelsea did not get a clean sheet, but Mourinho will be more than happy knowing that they are as closer to be a defensive unit as he would have wanted.