30min: The Revolution, who are in the middle of their MLS season, make a handful of early changes.

29min: GOAL! Giroud! There is goal number two. Barkley and Pedro combine, then bring Zappacosta into play. He picks out Giroud with a cross, who may be offside but make no mistake with his header. 2-0, CHELSEA!

28min: Chelsea should have two, but Pedro’s cross just eludes Giroud, and Hazard, instead of taking a shot, lays it back to the top of the box, where it’s intercepted. Classic Hazard!

25min: David Luiz sends one long and Hazard catches up to it. He brings Barkley into play, but his pass/shot is blocked by a hand. Chelsea appeal for a penalty, which is pretty funny.

23min: Hazard gets into the penalty area but is closed down by three. His cutback is cut out as well. Revolution come forward and create a shot that bounces harmlessly over.

18min: Christensen half-slips on a pass at halfway and turns it over, but the Revolution can’t make much with it before Chelsea stream back and recover.

17min: A decent ball in from Revolution is tracked well by Christensen and Kepa collects.

16min: Hazard wins a corner and the crowd gets excited by his proximity. Chelsea play it short and hold possession.

14min: Zappacosta tries a fancy move to get past his man, he gets the nutmeg but does not get the corner.

13min: Game being played at a customary friendly tempo. Chelsea practicing some possession. Fun!

8min: An almost carbon copy of the first goal results in a corner, from which the Revolution counter before Kovacic and Jorginho mop up in the penalty area.

3min: GOAL! Barkley! Didn’t take too long. Pedro crosses from the right, finds Barkley. He takes a touch, shifts to his right, and hammers past Turner in goal. 1-0, CHELSEA!

KICK-OFF: Revs in blue, Chelsea in yellow, 25k in attendance, including Roman Abramovich. Here we go.

The friendly that’s more than a friendly is here and it should be a fun time.

In exactly two weeks, Chelsea will be in Baku for the Europa League final. They game will be a must win. This one tonight is just a must play.

Given the occasion, it seems only appropriate to say this here rather than at the bottom of the post:

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!

Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Arrizabalaga | Alonso, David Luiz (c), Christensen, Zappacosta | Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley | Hazard, Giroud, Pedro

Substitutes from: everybody else

Revolution starting XI:
Turner | Farrell, Anibaba, Caldwell, Caicedo, Bunbury, Buchanan, Bye, Gil, Zahibo, Jones

Substitutes from: everybody else

Date / Time: Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 8pm EDT; 1am BST (next day); 5:30am IST (next day)

Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA, USA (Boston metropolitan area)

Forecast: Cool but dry

On TV: Fox Sports 1, FOX Deportes (USA)

Peace, love, unity.

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Source:: Daily times


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