New Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he was impressed by his players and how they coped in their most recent pre-season fixture.
The west London club overturned Italian giants Inter Milan 2-0 with goals from attacking midfield duo Eden Hazard and Oscar. The Blues will now compete in the semi-finals of the International Champions Cup.
The game was overshadowed by a red card which saw Hugo Campagnaro dismissed after a late tackle on skipper John Terry. However Mourinho has admitted that he would rather Inter were allowed to replace him.
"The referee did well, the rules are the rules, I would prefer the referee to allow them to bring another player out and we play 11 v 11, that would be better but that is not football and not the rules," the Blues boss told Sky Sports.
"There were no injuries, the pitch was not the best, so that is good for both sides.
"I think it is good experience for us, good for them - they play a tactical system that is not easy to play against - three at the back and the full-backs go forward a lot so even tactically it was good for us.
"I can give the players ideas about what I want to do tactically in training, so it was good to see what they were trying to do, like Eden Hazard doing defensive work he does not normally do so I am happy with how the players are working."
Sky Sports then caught up with captain Terry and striker Romelu Lukaku. Terry, 32, who has played under the Special One before in his first spell in charge reflected positively on the club's pre-season preparations so far.
"It was a good win, we have had a couple of days training and it's good to play 90 minutes," he said. "It is good to flush your legs but good for new players to come in on the US tour.
"The fitness we are getting there, and training is getting there."
Lukaku who was on loan at Premier League rivals West Brom last season is also enjoying his Chelsea return, and hopes to prove to manager Mourinho that he has what it takes to succeed at Stamford Bridge.
"We are all working hard," reflected the Belgian. "Pre-season has been tough and we are playing well, we are scoring and not conceding many so hopefully that can continue.
"We needed fitness, we are in a good way and hopefully we will play better next game."
Chelsea kick of their new campaign on August 18 at home against newly-promoted Hull City, before a trip to the reigning Premier League champions to play Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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