Having opened his Chelsea account on Sunday, Diego Costa turned provider in the Netherlands, laying on two of our goals as we beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-1.
The deadlock was broken with virtually the first attack of the game as Costa raced on to a Nemanja Matic pass and slipped the ball into the path of Mohamed Salah, who couldn’t miss.Chelsea vs Vitesse highlights.
Cesc Fabregas scored the goal of the night midway through the first half, curling a wonderful free-kick into the back of the net, with Matic finishing easily from another Costa pass 16 minutes from time.Chelsea vs Vitesse 3-1 all goals video full hd.
It was a solid showing from the Blues, with Mourinho able to give game-time to every member of the matchday squad.
A Vitesse consolation in the last minute is unlikely to have dampened his spirits as our pre-season campaign gathers pace.
Jose Mourinho named arguably his strongest side of pre-season to date for the game against Vitesse Arnhem.
Aside from Didier Drogba, all of our new signings started, with Cesc Fabregas deployed in the central attacking role behind Diego Costa.
Nemanja Matic partnered Marco van Ginkel, who was playing against his former club, as the two deep-lying midfielders, while there were also starts for Fernando Torres, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic.
Having only recently joined up with the squad both Drogba and John Mikel Obi played no part.
Due to the friendly nature of the game, Wallace and Bertrand Traore, both on loan at Vitesse from Stamford Bridge, started the game.
Our previous three pre-season friendlies had seen the Blues come from behind, and with Mourinho looking for a more positive start from his side at the Gelredome, we took the lead after just three minutes.
Matic did brilliantly in midfield to win possession and quickly released Costa. The striker accelerated away and, with only goalkeeper Eloy Room to beat, slipped the ball into the path of the unmarked Mohamed Salah who was left with the most simple of finishes.
The Egyptian almost doubled his tally a minute later, latching on to a Fabregas pass and nudging the ball beyond Room, only for a retreating defender to make the clearance.
The home side looked to hit back quickly and, after Cahill had made an important clearance, Petr Cech saved well to deny Valeri Qazaishvili, turning the midfielder’s powerful drive over the bar.
Shortly after the 20-minute mark, however, our lead was extended with a goal of the highest quality.
Costa had been scythed down outside the penalty area and, from the resulting free-kick, Fabregas curled a delightful strike over the wall and into the top corner of the net, his first goal as a Chelsea player.
Moments later Salah was denied once again; the winger had done well to carve out the opportunity after taking a Matic pass in his stride, opening his body up and curling a left-footed strike towards the bottom corner, where Room showed great agility to get down and tip it around the post.
At the other end, meanwhile, Cech was again called into action, this time racing off his line at pace to save at the feet of Kelvin Leerdam, who was clean through on goal.
Mourinho made just one change to personnel at the break, with captain John Terry replacing Filipe Luis in a switch which saw Ivanovic move to right-back and Cesar Azpilicueta revert to the left-back role he filled so admirably last season.
They may only be two matches into their time at the club but the relationship which is beginning to develop between Fabregas and Costa could be a fruitful one for the Blues.
Having laid on his goal at the weekend, Fabregas once again put Costa clean through early in the second half. The striker looked destined to extend our advantage but, while his connection was a decent one, Room did well to stand tall and make the save. The loose ball ran into the path of the supporting Torres, but with three Vitesse defenders now back helping out, his strike was blocked and the chance was gone.
While our two-goal advantage was allowing us to dictate the tempo of the game, the hosts remained a threat in the attacking third of the pitch and their deficit was almost reduced when Zakaira Labyad was allowed to advance down the left-hand side, unleashing a stunning strike which dipped over the arms of Cech and thumped against the outside of the post.
Van Ginkel made way for Oriol Romeu with 24 minutes left to play, the young Dutchman leaving the field to a fantastic ovation from the supporters he once represented, with Salah making way for Nathan Ake shortly after.
Three minutes later the game was all but ended as a contest as a quick break saw Mourinho’s men score a third.
Much of the credit must go to Costa, who showed great awareness to pounce on a loose ball and pull away from his defender. As was the case with our opening goal on the night, he could have gone alone, but again unselfishly squared it into the path of Matic, who guided the ball into the roof of the net, his first goal for the club since returning last January.
Vitesse did pull one back right at the death through Uros Djurdjevic but it’s now four wins out of five in pre-season for the Blues, with a game against Werder Bremen in Germany on Sunday our next test.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (c) (Beeney 80); Azpilicueta, Cahill (Zouma 78), Ivanovic (Chalobah 80), Luis; Van Ginkel (Romeu 66), Matic (Boga 78); Salah (Ake 71), Fabregas (Baker 75), Torres; Costa (Solanke 78).Follow @Football7x24