Published On: Tue, Jul 23rd, 2019

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BARCELONA 1-2 CHELSEA | ABRAHAM (34), BARKLEY (83), RAKITIC (88)

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Pique, Sergio Busquets, Puig, Dembele, Oriol Busquets, Griezmann, Alba, Roberto, Umtiti, Collado

  • Antoine Greizmann, Neto and Frenkie de Jong make debuts
  • USA star Christian Pulisic makes his first full start for Chelsea
  • Tammy Abraham opens the scoring with clinical finish
  • Ross Barkley doubles lead with left-foot strike
  • Ivan Rakitic pulls one back late – thunderous finish

BARCELONA 1-2 CHELSEA

FT: And that’s it. Chelsea have beaten Barcelona thanks to goals from tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley. Definite signs of progression from Frank Lampard’s side with Christian Pulisic impressing on his first start.

BARCELONA 1-2 CHELSEA | RAKITIC

90: GOAL! Not much Chelsea could have done about this one – It’s an absolute banger.

Ivan Rakitic arrives at the edge of the penalty area before taking a touch and leathering it into the top left-hand corner. Kepa didn’t stand a chance.

88: Lampard closing in on a win. Quite important considering the rater underwhelming display in their last outing. He’ll have learned a good deal in this clash too.

85: So many changes in this half – I thought I’d clarify it for you.

Starting XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson, Kovacic, Jorginho, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham.

Last 20 minutes: Kepa, Zappacosta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Kenedy, Barkley, Batshuayi, Giroud.

BARCELONA 0-2 CHELSEA | BARKLEY

83: GOAL! See I told you nothing was happening…

Ross Barkley pops up with a terrific strike to make me look silly. The midfielder shifts the ball onto his left before curling it into the bottom left.

He’s seen Mason Mount given the nod ahead of him in the last few games – he’s fighting back!

82: Not a great spectacle for the 50,000 inside the stadium. Nothing much has happened since the wholesale changes. No zip or purpose from any side.

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80: Ouch! Kurt Zouma down after a ridiculous challenge from Rafinha. Just seen the Frenchman is wearing the Chelsea captain’s armband since the changes. If that’s not a sign of confidence from Frank Lampard then I don’t know what is!

77: Willian might not be here but his spirit lives on as Ross Barkley delivers two abysmal corners on the bounce. Neither beat the first man and both were easily booted clear.

75: More Chelsea changes. Davide Zappacosta, Danny Drinkwater, Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi on. Pedro, Mateo Kovacic, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho off.

Looks like Frank Lampard is playing diamond now with Olivier Giroud and Batshuayi up front.

72: Nice stuff. Again Ross Barkley switches play to find Marcos Alonso on the left flank. His cross for Olivier Giroud is blocked before the Frenchman could apply the finish. Positive signs for Barkley though – he was good against Kawasaki Frontale too.

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Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

69: Kenedy trying a little too hard to impress as he drifts inside from the right before skewing the ball straight out of play.

66: So what’s Chelsea opening five Premier League fixtures? Manchester United (a), Leicester (H), Norwich (a), Sheffield United (H) and Wolves (a).

I would say that Frank Lampard will be aiming for 10 points from a possible 15 there. What do you think, would that be a good return?

63: Save! Ross Barkley tees up a good move with a lovely switch of play. Olivier Giroud keeps it alive with the ball falling to Kennedy, whose deflected effort is clawed away by Neto.

I actually think the shot was going 400 miles wide until the deflection.

60: It’s just stopped working for Chelsea. There’s no shape or pressing to cause Barca problems. Kepa getting a good work out – so silver linings and all that.

Frank Lampard looks to freshen things up with Ross Barkley, Kennedy and Olivier on for Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.

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Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

57: Carles Perez looks a threat. Chelsea simply allow the winger to drive forward and into the penalty area – where he unleashes a tame toe-punt. Kepa saves.

54: Barcelona XI: Neto, Semedo, Lenglet, Jaime, Todibo, De Jong, Alena, Rakitic, Rafinha, Malcom, Perez.

Not seen anything from Chelsea, who have been restricted to their own half since the re-start. Malcom fires wide before Kepa saves a snapshot from Rafinha.

51: Vast changes have a habit of ruining the fluency of a game – and today is no different. Both sides trying to find a bit of rhythm and fluency.

Antoine Griezmann went off at half time. Unsurprisingly he was Barcelona’s best player and looks made for the Catalan giants.

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

48: I can see Malcom and debutant Neto are also on the field for the Catalan giants. That’s the Malcom linked with every club under the sun after an underwhelming first season at the Nou Camp.

No idea why Frank made this change two minutes after the break. Anyway, 21-year-old Fikayo Tomori replaces Andreas Christensen.

BARCELONA 0-1 CHELSEA

45: Say hello to Frenkie de Jong! The Ajax midfielder will be looking to impress his new employers and supporters. Barcelona have made a host of changes that I’ll let you know about ASAP.

As for Chelsea, Kurt Zouma and Marcos Alonso on for Chelsea. They replace Emerson and David Luiz.

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

BARCELONA 0-1 CHELSEA

HT: Good half from Chelsea. Frank Lampard’s side have pressed well, looked comfortable in this 4-2-3-1 formation and created more than a few openings.

Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are showing signs of a profitable relationship – marshalling that midfield area nicely. Christian Pulisic has been threatening down the left channel with Emerson providing him with support.

Probably the back four that should start against Manchester United if you ask me.

43: Nice interplay between Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann. The 22-year-old eventually gets it back before forcing a decent stop from Kepa.

40: Close! Christian Pulisic turns neatly before flying down the left. He’s got options but decides to go for goal himself and leathers it into the side-netting.

37: Well that leaves Frank Lampard with a dilemma up front. Tammy or Olivier?

BARCELONA 0-1 CHELSEA | ABRAHAM

34: GOAL! Chelsea take the lead thanks to Tammy Abraham!

The 21-year-old makes amends for that earlier miss with a cool, clinical finish.

Jorginho presses Sergio Busquets into a woeful mistake that ricochets back to Abraham in the centre of the penalty area. He cooly steps past Ter Stegen and rolls the ball home.

31: Emerson and Azpilicueta have been the stars of the show for Chelsea so far. They are bombing down the flanks to support attacks and provide width for the Premier League side.

28: Another update, another Chelsea chance. Frank Lampard’s side have switched gears now – showing pace and great movement. Azpilicueta strides down the right and crosses low for Christian Pulisic to drag wide.

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

25: Miss! Tammy Abraham won’t want to see that again in a hurry.

Pulisic cuts inside from the left and smacks one at Ter Stegen, who parries it straight to Abraham. It should be 1-0 but he’s skied it miles over the crossbar.

23: Barcelona turning on the style now. Passing Chelsea to death in midfield and creating one or two half-chances.

On the odd occasion Chelsea win the ball – there’s no real chemistry in the front four. Understandable given they’ve never really played together.

20: Ouch! Jorginho and Antoine Griezmann fly in for a 50/50 ball but the Chelsea midfielder’s studs are up and catches Griezmann on the knee.

Barcelona’s £107million signing is down on the deck looking extremely uncomfortable. That was a bad, bad challenge.

18: I shouldn’t laugh but we’ve had a comical moment.

Pedro plays a neat one-two with Tammy Abraham before unleashing a thunderous half-volley straight back at his Chelsea colleague.

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

15: Christensen vs Griezmann. The 40m dash everyone’s wanted to see ends with the centre-back winning the battle. Is the Dane ahead of Kurt Zouma in the pecking order?

12: Tammy Abraham is causing a few problems. Twice in the last five minutes he’s nearly caught Pique inside his own area. That injection of extra pace up top is something Chelsea haven’t had for a while.

Unless you consider Gonzalo Higuain light on his feet – which I do not.

9: Quick thinking from Kovacic, who takes a quick free kick to release Emerson down the left channel. He drills it low into the penalty area but Puig clears behind for Barcelona. Antoine Griezmann glances the set-piece clear.

7: Not much love for this white Chelsea away kit with a collar. I like it – add some pockets to the shorts and you’ve got yourself an outfit for a regatta.

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

5: Tammy Abraham earning himself a bruised chest there when trying to control Jorginho’s ridiculously rocketed pass. Right stinger that.

Mateo Kovacic spots Azpilicueta trying to drift in from the right channel but Alba does enough to prevent the defender finding Abraham in the middle.

3: Barcelona win themselves a corner in the opening 30 seconds. And it’s very nearly a goal.

Kovacic allows Griezmann to beat him at the near post and Oriol Busquets heads over when completely unmarked inside the penalty area.

BARCELONA 0-0 CHELSEA

1: OK, we’re underway folks. Just been told Oriol Busquets and Sergio Busquets aren’t related – which feels like a morale blow for some reason.

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Quick reminder

11:33: While we wait for this strange ceremony to finish – I’ll remind you of the starting XI’s.

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Pique, Sergio Busquets, Puig, Dembele, Oriol Busquets, Griezmann, Alba, Roberto, Umtiti, Collado

Here they come…

11:30: Well there’s no way we’ll be underway at 12:30 on the dot. I’m a stickler for punctuality…

The players are just emerging from the tunnel now. Chelsea in their smart white jersey with Barcelona in their Croatia-style check pattern.

Everyone’s sweating already as they line up for… well I’m not quite sure. A photo opportunity? Exchanging some flags? Oh… Azpilicueta has been given some flowers. Lovely.

Twitter round-up

Drew: This Chelsea team without Eden Hazard looks like Bolton Wanderers playing in the Premier League.

Jamie: Michy Batshuayi is not good enough to be starting for a team challenging for top four.

Raffy: Very decent line up that. Good mix of experience and youth. Excited to see Mason Mount playing in the No 10 role and very happy to see Tammy Abraham starting up front. A game vs Barcelona is always big!

Bit of an exaggeration there, Drew.

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

What to do…

11:20: Not long until the season starts now – so what is Frank Lampard going to do with some of his fringe players?

Fikayo Tomori, Kenedy, Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi are all on the books but haven’t seen much game-time.

15-minutes

11:15: Not long now folks. The pitch looks in pretty good condition but it’s mighty humid. Barcelona are obviously a week behind Chelsea in terms of training and only arrived in Japan yesterday. Advantage Blues?

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Responsibility and personality…

11:10: It’s been 19 days since Frank Lampard was installed as Chelsea manager.

So that’s 19 times he’s told his players to ‘take responsibility and show personality,” according to Olivier Giroud.

“We believe in the gaffer because he’s the right man for this situation,” Giroud told Chelsea’s website.

“He repeats every day that we have to take responsibility and we have to show personality.‘He’s insisting a lot on this kind of stuff, playing without fear but with confidence. I think we will learn quickly.”

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

The number 10 shirt…

11:00: Don’t want to open the can of worms again – but what do you think about Eden Hazard’s famous No. 1o shirt going to Willian?

The 30-year-old has been wearing the No.22 jersey since he joined from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 but the Brazilian is ready to take his preferred number now that it has become available.

“I was offered the number 10 jersey ahead of next season and I will take it,” he said on Brazilian TV show Desimpedidos.

Let me know (in the most polite way possible) what you think through the usual channels.

Kurt Zouma latest

10:55: Well I’ve seen people take Kurt Zouma’s latest quotes in every conceivable way possible this morning.

Frank Lampard made it clear that he wants the Frenchman at Stamford Bridge amid claims Zouma wants to join Everton on a permanent basis.

See what you think.

“That is very important for me. It was one of my targets to get into the France team. I had been there before and wanted to come back,” Zouma said.

“I managed to do that. Now the target is to play at the Euros – but to be there you have to be playing at your club. So I am working very hard – and let’s see what is going to happen.”

Sounds like ‘I want to stay – but I’d better start, Frank,” if you ask me.

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Twitter round-up

Yours: Not bad at all! Seems like Pedro is on the left, Mount in the middle just behind Tammy Abraham and Pulisic on the right, 4-2-3-1. Looking forward to it! Let’s see what we got!

Dan: Gone back to this stinky formation. Thought Lampard had some unrivalled IQ?

Monchi: Something tells me Frank Lampard is an advanced Jose Mourinho 2.0 style of play. exciting times back at Chelsea.

A “stinky formation,” Dan?! Are you ten years old?

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Youthful

10:45: Now that’s a seriously interesting line-up from Frank Lampard with Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Andreas Christensen all included.

Kepa Arrizabalaga recovers from illness to take his place between the sticks. Christensen joins David Luiz in the heart of defence with Kurt Zouma on the bench.

Looks like it could be a 4-2-3-1 with Pedro, Mount and Pulisic supporting Abraham in attack. Kovacic and Jorginho holding.

Team News – Pulisic starts

10:40: Christian Pulisic makes his first full start for Chelsea.

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham.

Subs: Caballero, Cumming, Alonso, Drinkwater, Aomori, Barkley, Bakayoko, Zouma, Kenedy, Zappacosta, Palmer, Giroud, Batshuayi.

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Ah… that backfired

10:35: Savage banter in the building folks. Yes, that’s my pathetic effort at sounding youthful.

Anyway, ahead of today’s match-up, Chelsea posted a video on Twitter which showed their famous Champions League semi-final with Barca from 2012.

The video was accompanied by a caption that read: “Barcelona v Chelsea tomorrow…” alongside a wink emoji.

Barca duly fired back at their English goes a couple hours later in what would’ve been a brilliant response.

Their reply read: “Is this a throwback to when you guys were playing in the Champions League?”

But Chelsea had the last laugh when replying: “Best not to mention Champions League throwbacks after the year you’ve had…”

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Transfer round-up

10:30: Obviously the transfer ban has made it a fairly quiet summer at Stamford Bridge – but we still have a few headlines you will be interested in.

  • Defender Kurt Zouma has not submitted a transfer request
  • Frank Lampard wants the Frenchman at Stamford Bridge next season
  • Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu secures a one-year loan at RB Leipzig
  • The Blues have handed Eden Hazard’s famous No.10 shirt to Willian
  • Chelsea reject £20m bid from Crystal Palace for defender Reece James

I’ll expand on a few of these over the next couple of hours. You lucky, lucky devils.

Weather…

10:25: While we wait for Frank Lampard to reveal his selection – let’s do something very British.

Talk about the weather. Specifically the weather in Saitama, Japan, where it’s 28 degrees with 73 per cent humidity.

That, of course, isn’t a patch on the 39 degrees expected in London on Thursday. I already have plans to clear out the fridge and spend my day chilling inside.

Team News – Griezmann debut

10:20: Antoine Griezmann makes his Barcelona debut having completed the switch from Atletico Madrid for £107million. There’s no Frenkie de Jong in the starting XI but he’s on the bench and will make an appearance at some point.

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Pique, Sergio Busquets, Puig, Dembele, Oriol Busquets, Griezmann, Alba, Roberto, Umtiti, Collado.

Subs: Neto, Iñaki Peña, N. Semedo, I. Rakitic, Todibo, C. Perez, Rafinha, Malcom, Lenglet, Aleñá, F. De Jong, Monchu, Araujo, Guillem.

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates

Barcelona vs Chelsea LIVE: Pre-season score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

Good morning!

10:15: Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Barcelona vs Chelsea.

It’s time for the Rakuten Cup!

What the heck’s a Rakuten? Good question. Wikipedia informs me it’s a Japanese electronic commerce and Internet company based in Tokyo and founded in 1997.

So… who wouldn’t want to win such a prestigious tournament?!

Anyway, Frank Lampard’s side are in Japan for their fourth pre-season fixture where we’ll learn a little more about his thinking for the upcoming season.

As for Barcelona, they might not have Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho and ​Luis Suarez – but debutants Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong and Neto could fill the void.





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