Chelsea's pre-season came to an end last night with a 2-1 victory over Italian giants Roma. Here are three things we have learned from these games ahead of the start of the Premier League next week.
Romelu Lukaku is ready to start
The big Belgian has been one of the stars of the pre-season for Chelsea and has been in excellent goalscoring form.
His electric pace and large frame make him a real handful for opposing defenders. Although he has in the past said he does not wish to be compared to Didier Drogba, it is very hard not to; not just in a physical sense but like Drogba, Lukaku has the technical awareness to bring others into play.
Whether or not Chelsea sign Wayne Rooney, they already have an excellent striker in Lukaku.
Marco van Ginkel was an excellent purchase
The Dutch midfield-maestro has impressed us all in pre-season with his neat passing and well-timed tackling.
He is also surprisingly strong for a man of his size and has the ability to fend-off opposing midfielders if need be.
He has earned comparisons to Chelsea legends Michael Ballack and Claude Makelele and has certainly staked his claim to start in their opening fixture against Hull.
The future is bright
The star performers of Chelsea's pre-season have undoubtedly been the youngsters.
From established first-teamers like Eden Hazard to triallist Bertrand Traore, they have all been outstanding.
Kevin de Bruyne was one player who was understandably eager to prove his worth after spending last season away on loan, and he certainly has done.
Two players I have already mentioned - Van Ginkel and Lukaku - have been impeccable and both look as if they're going to force their way into the first-team picture.
As José Mourinho said, this is not a team to win tomorrow, their best days are yet to come. When those 'days' do eventually come, Chelsea are going to be the team to beat.
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