Chelsea defeat Perth Glory on Monday evening with the Blues in action for the first time under new manager Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri’s side face the Australian outfit at the 60,000-seater Optus Stadium in Perth as they look to begin their pre-season campaign on a high note.
Pedro provided the only goal of the game after five minutes when he clipped home from the impressive Hudson-Odoi’s cross.
Chelsea had further chances with Barkley in particular going close a couple of times, but couldn’t add a second. More importantly though, is that Sarri’s side looked to be stroking it about comfortable in the 4-3-3 system.
Fabregas later skimmed the post himself as the rain continued to fall in Perth, before Mario Pasalic repeated the trick in the 65th minute.
Sarri was left wondering how his side won by only a single goal. Barkley, Pedro and Lucas Piazon were all among those who should have finished other chances. Still, a win is a win.
Following full-time, a private jet was waiting for Chelsea on the tarmac at the local airport. Their plan is to fly back to London for further double sessions under Sarri before facing Inter Milan in France and Arsenal in Dublin next.
Sarri is in a hurry to have his ideas take shape. It is difficult to read too much into these types of matches but this did give us something of a glimpse.
The true test will come against Manchester City in the Community Shield in less than two weeks’ time.