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Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the United States took another step forward with our first match of the trip and it was goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount that gave us victory against Club America in Las Vegas.

The two half-time substitutes did the damage early and late in the second period, and the Mexicans leveled shortly after our German striker broke the tie with a shot from close range after an incisive play involving Jorginho and Reece James.

The latter then participated in Club América’s goal by missing a back pass and seeing it roll into our own goal, although there was reason to celebrate at the final whistle as Mount won it with a spectacular shot.

The selection

The starting line-up selected by Thomas Tuchel was dominated by those players who returned before their summer break and did not feature in the June internationals, with the exception of Conor Gallagher, Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva.

The latter captained the side amid a treble flanked by Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr, while Ben Chilwell started his first match since suffering a six-month knee injury in late November, with Kenedy lining up as the opposite full-back.

In midfield, Conor Gallagher and Ross Barkley formed the central duo, while Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi supported Kai Havertz in attack. New signings Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly did not participate.

taking the temperature

Despite a couple of personnel changes from our last outing eight weeks ago to the last weekend of the Premier League, there was a familiar look to the squad starting our first match at the FC Series Clash of Nations 2022.

It was the usual 3-4-3 form favored by Tuchel throughout his 18-month tenure in charge, taking full advantage of the large artificial field at Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders NFL team and situated at one end of the famous strip of the city.

The closed roof and temperature regulation offered protection from the 40°C heat outside, and a severe thunderstorm was also forecast to hit the Nevada Valley on Saturday night local time.

It was the raucous supporters of our Mexican opponents that created the carnival atmosphere inside the stadium, although their yellow behind-a-goal crowd was all but silenced early on when Ziyech scored with a sweet free kick from just outside the 18-yard box.

The winger took a lot of whipping on his low shot, but veteran Las Aguilas goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa used all of his 37 years of experience to read danger and duck to ward off danger.

Kennedy is coming

With three games into their Liga MX campaign, Club América clearly had the upper hand in terms of fitness and preparation. Around 20 minutes in, they enjoyed a brief spell of pressure, with Chilwell forced to cleverly defend one-on-one at full-back.

From the resulting corner, Kepa shot clear and it was then Kenedy who came closest to grabbing the first goal moments later with a brilliant move down the right.

The Brazilian advanced from the baseline and cut dangerously with his favored left foot before connecting with a ferocious shot inches from the far post.

Kai’s High

Chances were gradually setting the measured pre-season mood and teenager Mauricio Reyes was next to close in, though his attempt had neither the power nor the precision to unduly upset Kepa between the posts.

Then it was Havertz’s turn, so often a key figure in our overseas efforts, after a painstaking play by Gallagher to intercept, drive and pass a good pass to the German, though his second-touch shot was too high.

Thiago Silva forced the best save of the first half from substitute goalkeeper Oscar Jimenez after taking a free kick from inside Ziyech, the Brazilian frustrated by an impressive aerial save.

Werner’s instant impact

It was a completely different Chelsea line-up for the second half, with Christian Pulisic, Mount and Werner among those who came on to share the minutes. Pulisic and Mount tested Jimenez within minutes of entering the fray, but it was Werner who struck the decisive blow to break the tie 10 minutes after the restart.

The play for goal was probably the best move of the game as Jorginho cut off a beautiful through ball to James and the full-back controlled it with his chest before cutting towards the penalty spot where Werner was lying in wait.

Our No. 10 was initially parried when his left foot jab was torn, but he quickly dispatched the rebound to send the Blues fans inside the stadium into raptures.

Helping to return the hand

However, that advantage did not last long as Club América equalized after five minutes with a goal that came with more than a helping hand from those in blue.

A casual game on the edge of our box led to James playing a return pass to Marcus Bettinelli and the ball sped across the turf and into the back of the net.

Buoyed by their fans who were part of the 47,223 inside the stadium, that could have been a platform for the Mexicans to push for a winner, but it was the Blues who had the next clear chance when Emerson found Pulisic’s run with a clever cross. . However, the US international misplaced his head and landed behind the goal.

Mason wins it

Emerson then had to be vigilant with his defensive duties as he stepped in at the last moment to thwart a direct attack before the Chelsea winner arrived with seven minutes remaining courtesy of Mount.

Receiving a pass from the left from Marcos Alonso, the England international cleverly made a fool of himself to create extra space for himself on the edge of the box and then fired a beautiful shot past Jimenez’s dive into the far corner. .

It was a fit target to win any game and ensured that instead of red or black, blue was the color in Las Vegas.

Whats Next?

The Blues now fly across the United States to the East Coast ahead of our upcoming American pre-season friendly against Charlotte next week.

Chelsea, First Half (3-4-3) Arrizabalaga; Chalobah, Thiago Silva (c), Sarr; Kennedy, Barkley, Gallagher, Chilwell; Ziyech, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea, Second Half (3-4-3) Bettinelli; Azpilicueta (c), Ampadu, Emerson; James, Monte, Jorginho, Alonso; Pulisic, Batshuayi, Werner

scorers Werner 55; mount 83

Reserved Gallagher 35; werner 90+2

Club America (4-5-1)
Ochoa (Jimenez 33); J. Sanchez, Valdez, Caceres, Reyes; Aqunio, Dos Santos, Damm, Fidalgo, Layun; Martin (Valdes 62)

Substitutes Araujo, Fuentes, Lara, Campos, S. Martínez, Moreno, R. Sánchez, Zendejas, R. Martínez, Rodríguez

Goal scorer Santiago (OG) 60

Reserved Damn 3; Aquinas 27


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