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Chelsea: Lessons learned from Mourinho's first match

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Chelsea recorded a 1-0 win over Singha All-Stars (©GettyImages)
Chelsea recorded a 1-0 win over Singha All-Stars (©GettyImages).

Jose Mourinho got off to a winning start on his return to Chelsea, defeating the Singha All-Stars 1-0 in a pre-season friendly.

Romelu Lukaku scored the goal which won the game for the Blues from a cooly taken penalty, won by new signing Wallace.

Below is a summary of what we learnt from Mourinho's first game in charge:

Mourinho's sticking with 4-2-3-1

There was suggestions that Mourinho would opt for a 4-3-3 formation, or even the 4-4-2 diamond. However, it appears that he sees the 4-2-3-1 formation, the preferred choice of both Roberto Di Matteo & Rafael Benitez, as the best fit for Chelsea.

Lukaku is ready to play a part

Not only did Lukaku cooly dispatch his penalty to the goalkeeper's right, he looked extremely sharp - and with the deadly duo of his incredible strength and explosive pace he was a handful for the opposing defenders until the half-way mark, when he was replaced by Demba Ba.

Chelsea have a good player in Wallace

Since agreeing to join Chelsea from Fluminense, Wallace has had a serious dip in form. This has lead to doubters as to whether the London side were right to sign the little Brazilian full-back. But based on his performance in Bangkok, they may have just got a bargain.

He won the penalty with some excellent footwork, looked defensively accomplished throughout his time on the pitch and had no second thoughts about joining the attack.

Kevin De Bruyne needs to play

There were question marks about just how much of a part De Bruyne would play for Chelsea this season, or whether he would go back out on loan. But judging on yesterday's performance and his consistency throughout last season, he is ready to play a key part in the Chelsea team.

His passing is on point, has fantastic technical ability and has a very good shot on him. I look forward to seeing him play this season.

 

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