Following a lethargic first-half, Victor Moses’ well-constructed volley ensured that a penalty shoot-out would determine the outcome of the International Champions Cup game. Laurent Blanc opted to introduce his young talent with ten minutes left; therefore PSG exhibited a rather inexperienced list of penalty takers. Paris’ captain Thiago Silva saw his penalty saved from Thibaut Courtois, and the responsibility of winning the game was inherited by the big Belgian. Courtois’ penalty was truly magnificent, as he generated such power that the ball was caught in the net, all be it momentarily.
Here are three key points from Chelsea’s victory:
1) Diego’s passion and aggression is unrivalled
2) Victor Moses is a functional squad player
3) Falcao appeared energised and motivated.
1. Diego Costa is renowned for his physicality and presence on the field, a menace to defenders and an individual who thrives off confrontation. It took the Spaniard a mere thirty seconds, to develop a feud with Serge Aurier who became familiair with Costa’s strength. The Ivorian’s heated reaction ensured that there would be continuous battles with Chelsea’s striker before the conclusion of the game. The pair’s conflict reached its pinnacle, as Costa utilised his strength to dispose of Aurier, whose vehement response saw him ferociously hack Diego. In a competitive fixture, his challenge could have warranted a red card and indeed the foul infuriated Jose Mourinho. Without a doubt Diego Costa’s passion invariable.
2. Victor Moses’ return to the Chelsea squad, following two seasons apart from Stamford Bridge was rather astonishing. Nevertheless, the Nigerian’s pre-season performances has displayed that he is worthy of further consideration. His notable qualities are dribbling and strength. The winger exhibits a great desire to dribble, his nimble footwork and quick-feet perturbs defenders. In addition to his remarkable dribbling capacity, his physicality empowers him to be competitive in 50/50 challenges and aerial duels. Moses’ goal was incredibly manufactured, as Cesc Fabregas provided a glorious cross into the path of Moses who delightfully volleyed the ball beyond the reach of the hopeless Sirgu.
3. Radamel Falcao’s introduction in the 69th minute vindicated great excitement from the Chelsea faithful. Having equalised moments ago, Chelsea appeared enlivened as their play became adventurous. A whole host of long-balls were attempted up field which challenged Falcao’s hold up play. The Colombian successfully repelled opponents, and often introduced team-mates to the attack. His motivation was evident as he conjured an opportunity to score, following intelligent movement and adroit footwork. Falcao’s encouraging debut was adorned with a successful spot-kick.
Written by Llion Carbis