Chelsea rounded off their pre-season campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over Spanish outfit Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge this evening.
The game looked effectively over inside the first ten minutes as Diego Costa bagged a quick-fire brace. The £32 million summer signing latched onto a fine through ball to put his side up after just 57 seconds, while he was first to react when Andre Schurrle's curling effort hit the post on the nine-minute mark.
Those were his third and fourth goal of pre-season, and Jose Mourinho will undoubtedly be happy that Costa is up and running already after his team's struggles in front of goal last season.
Find out who fired and who flopped as Chelsea finished their pre-season in style against Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge.
Thibaut Courtois: 7 - Very little to do during his time on the pitch although he made a tidy save or two. It remains a mystery as to who Jose Mourinho will pick for the curtain raiser against Burnley, although the feeling is that the giant Belgian will get the nod.
Branislav Ivanovic: 6 - Effective at closing down his man whenever there was a sign of danger, and got forward well too. He moved into the centre of defence at half-time and looked equally accomplished.
Gary Cahill: 6 - Very little to really test the England man, he was subbed at half time for Cesar Azpilicueta to put his feet up on the bench with plenty of time to rest ahead of Monday's Burnley clash.
John Terry: 6 - As with Cahill, not a lot for the captain to do. He got up for corners well as per, and was largely untroubled by a rather ineffective Sociedad attacking unit. Subbed off late on.
Nathan Ake: 8 - A very tidy performance at left-back where the majority of Sociedad's threat (for what it was) came from. He timed his tackles well and supported Eden Hazard when he could. Could be looking at some more first team action in the very near future.
Nemanja Matic: 7.5 - A defensive midfield machine; Matic can eat up the pitch in one giant stride and works like a dog. His passing was pretty tidy tonight as well and although he was caught in possession once or twice he strained to get the ball back as quickly as possible. Accomplished performance.
Cesc Fabregas: 7 - Drifted around the pitch a lot and didn't seem to strike up much of a rapport with Nemanja Matic in the middle of the pitch. Tended to stay deeper to dictate play which he did well.
Ramires: 6 - A slightly anonymous performance in midfield, he was out-worked by Matic and out-shone by Fabregas. Tried - and ran - hard but was asked to flit between defence and attack and did neither particularly convincingly. Got an assist.
Eden Hazard: 8 - Impressed in flashes with some fancy footwork without quite influencing the game as he can. Still, he looked sharp and ready for the new season though.
Andre Schurrle: 7.5 - linked up with his team-mates well, and showed a willingness to get involved, especially when cutting in from the right towards central positions. His shot which hit the post led to Costa's second of the match.
Diego Costa: 10 - The star of the show. Two goals in the first ten minutes, the former Atletico Madrid man looked strong, fast and clinical. Chelsea have got the real deal on their hands here.
Felipe Luis: 6 - Not much doing for the new boy, very little of the play was down his side. Made one crucial, brilliantly timed tackle in the second half.
Willian: 6.5 - A ball of energy as usual, tried to get things going as the game drifted in the second half with some runs that weren't picked up. Commendable effort.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 6.5 - Was always an option out wide and defended admirably enough.
Oscar: 6.5 - Took up playmaking duties when he came on at half-time and looked tidy, drifted deep to get on the ball too often though, leaving Costa and then Torres isolated. Almost put the icing on the cake with a late strike that was well saved.
Fernando Torres: 6 - Very little doing for the Spaniard which is sadly par for the course these days. Couple of 'almost' moments where he could have got a much-needed goal, but alas it wasn't to be.
John-Obi Mikel: 5 - second half sub for Cesc Fabregas, had little to do.
Marco van Ginkel, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christenesn, Mohamed Salah - Late substitutes with no time to make a difference
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