Wednesday’s friendly proved straightforward enough for the Blues to navigate, as they bounced back from Saturday’s loss to Rapid Vienna
Bertrand Traore, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah struck in Chelsea’s clash with Wolfsberger AC on Wednesday to hand them a 3-0 win.
The result ensured Antonio Conte oversaw his first victory in charge of the Blues, with new arrival Michy Batshuayi playing his first game, following 2-0 defeat to Rapid Vienna last time out.
The Italian started the likes of Diego Costa and Oscar but had to wait until the 41st minute before his side opened the scoring, Traore bundling home a scrappy goal.
A host of changes at half-time saw Chelsea lose some fluency and they had to rely on a late flurry of goals, as Loftus-Cheek and Chalobah struck to seal victory.
Willian was industrious and influential throughout and found Victor Moses to side-foot against the inside of the right-hand post from 15 yards, before the latter turned provider for Traore to hack wastefully over.
But Burkina Faso forward Traore broke the deadlock five minutes before half-time in slightly fortuitous fashion as a prodded effort from Willian’s cross ricocheted back into him off goalkeeper Alexander Kofler and into the net.
Wolfsburger spurned a glorious opportunity to equalise 10 minutes into the second period, with Dario Baldauf afforded ample room at the back post, but the half-time substitute headed wide
Batshuayi – who was not initially named on the bench before he was introduced – then entered the fray and the Belgium international skilfully rounded goalkeeper Christian Dobnik on the end of Willian’s pass but Moses’ resulting effort was cleared off the line.
Six minutes from time, Loftus-Cheek made sure of the victory when he got in front of Dobnik to nod in from Moses’ corner and Chalobah made his mark by powering into space and unleashing a clinical low finish in stoppage time.
Chelsea continue their pre-season preparations in the International Champions Cup next week, where they face Premier League counterparts Liverpool in Pasadena