A friendly for a good cause but not at the best time.
Chelsea travelled to Boston this week to play MLS side New England Revolution in their Final Whistle On Hate friendly to raise money against Anti Semitism. The issue is near to owner Roman Abramovich and so the whole squad was taken along with some returning loanees and youth. The timing of the friendly was questioned by Sarri and some fans as it came before the Europa League final but the club had made a commitment. Sarri started a strong team with Kepa in goal, Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, and Alonso in defence. Jorginho, Kovacic, and Barkley started in midfield while Pedro, Giroud and Hazard started up front. Barkley got things off in style as he scored in the 3rd minute while Giroud scored in the 29th minute. Barkley then also scored in the 62nd minute to seal the game. The 2nd half though was marred by an injury to Loftus-Cheek who had been in great form. RLC suffered a knee injury similar to Hudson-Odoi’s which will see him miss the next 5-6 months of football so basically his next action might come in 2020. Its sad because the injury could have been avoided by the club and Sarri was furious on the touchline as he had been clearly forced to play RLC. As far as RLC is concerned the hope is that he bounces back as he has done all season and comes back stronger because he is a star in the making.
Some silver linings were the debuts of Trevor Chalobah who was on loan at Ipswich, and Reece James who had an amazing season at Wigan. Chalobah played in midfield and distributed the ball well while using his physicality to win challenges. Reece James took a few minutes to get settled and then bossed the right side of defence as he stopped anything in his path and put in a cross or two going forward.
The RLC injury is a massive miss added to CHO, Rudiger, and maybe Kante. As we head into the Europa League final in two weeks time. The media might argue that it was Sarri’s fault but even the strongest of Sarri out fans see that it was the boards choice to conduct this friendly and make sure that all players played. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!