Chelsea continued their strong preseason with a 4-1 win over Malaysia XI some hours ago.
With any kind of preseason friendly, it’s not a huge deal if a club wins or loses. You can’t read too much into the matches, so it would be foolish to get too excited or disappointed by a result. It is encouraging for Chelsea supporters, though, to see how well the Blues are linking up on the pitch.
Jose Mourinho is integrating a lot of new players, whether they be summer transfers or players returning from loan. You’ve got the likes of Andre Schurrle, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and Marco van Ginkel all fighting for places in the team.
One of the names that was largely unknown before the preseason was Bertrand Traore. The 17-year-old looked good against Singha All-Stars, and he scored Chelsea’s first goal against Malaysia XI.
In the fifth minute, Kevin de Bruyne got free down the right flank. He delivered in a cross that went past both Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard. In came Traore, who ran to the ball and hit a well-placed left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner.
Traore continued playing very well for the rest of the first half. The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield was very impressed with the young midfielder: