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New Boys Shine to Give Blues Victory in Slovenia


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Chelsea got a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Olympija as the fans got a first glimpse of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa in action in a Chelsea shirt.

The two Spanish boys certainly didn't disappoint, despite a relatively slow start by a slow start by the Blues. The Slovenians made it clear early on that it won't be a stroll in the park for us. But the boys soon got into the game and dominated play, helped by Cesc's brilliant passing and vision and Salah's sheer pace. But it was Olypija's Nik Kapun who got the opening goal against the run of play after some very sloppy play by Izzy Brown. Delac who had made a couple of excellent saves earlier could only watch the powerful shot just fizz past him into the net in the 40th minute.

Chelsea started the second half well on top and soon Cesc Fabregas managed to slip Diego Costa through on goal who fired in the equalizer; a scene Chelsea fans will be hopeful to see many times this coming season. Minutes later, Kurt Zouma was quickest to the rebound after a corner and managed to fire his team into the lead. After that neither team was able to convert any chances and the final score read: Olympija 1-2 Chelsea. A deserved victory for the Blues, especially if you consider the fact that both Zouma and Ivanovic had goals inexplicably ruled out by the ref.

The game also saw the return of Cesar Azpilicueta, Garry Cahill and Fernando Torres who each got a good 45 minutes under their belts. And while Jose Mourinho was not very happy with some of the tackles the Slovenians were throwing around, the physicality of the match was certainly what you want from a preseason game to get the match fitness of everyone up. One player enjoy the physicality of the match was the match winner, Kurt Happy Zouma. He was the only player to play the full 90 minutes.

Chelsea starting XI: Delac; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Garry Cahill, Luis; Cesc, Matic; Salah, Boga, Brown; Costa
Subs: At HT: Cech, Ivanovic, John Terry, Ake, Van Ginkel, Torres
At 70mins: Bamford, Solanke, Chalobah, Romeu

The Blues next fly to the Netherlands to face Chelsea B team a.k.a Vitesse on Wednesday July 30th.

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