Chelsea 2 – 1 ClubAmerica

A stunning late goal from Mason Mount gave Chelsea a 2-1 win in their opening game against Club America in Las Vegas.

Timo Werner put the Blues ahead in the 55th minute after seeing his first try blocked from a Reece James cross, but the rebound fell back on the striker to convert.

However, James scored a comical own goal just five minutes later when he tried to pass the ball to goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, leveling the situation.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were undeniable, however, as Mount sent a superb curling shot from the edge of the box into the corner to cap a fine second-half display without signings Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

July 16, 2022: Club America goalkeeper Oscar Jimenez (27) is unable to stop a shot during the FC Clash of Nations 2022 football game between Chelsea FC and Club America at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. Chelsea FC defeated Club America 2-1. Christopher Trim/CSM. (Credit Image: ..Christopher Trim/CSM via ZUMA Press Wire) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
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Club America goaltender Oscar Jimenez fails to reach Mason Mount winner

“He brings experience, quality, top-quality defense, height and everything we need to play a three- or four-man line,” said Tuchel about Koulibaly.

“It’s another brilliant signing for us and we hope he can show his quality as soon as possible. He’s training outside now, he arrived yesterday.

Here’s how Chelsea lined up:

  • First Half: Arrizabalaga; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Sarr; Kenedy, Barkley, Gallagher, Chilwell; Ziyech, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi
  • Second Half: Bettinelli; Azpilicueta, Ampadu, Emerson; James, Berg, Jorginho, Alonso; Pulisic, Batshuayi, Werner

“He knows some of the players, I think he will feel welcome in the group very quickly. It’s a nice group and everyone is very happy that he’s with us now.”

Mexican mid-season club Club America gave Chelsea a good test in front of a raucous crowd.

Chelsea’s pre-season friendlies:

  • Chelsea 2-1 Club America
  • Charlotte FC – Thursday, July 21, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte; Kick-off 00:00 CET
  • Arsenal – Sunday, July 24, Camping World Stadium, Florida; Kick-off 1 a.m. CET
  • Udinese – Friday 29 July, Dacia Arena, Udine; Kick-off 8pm BST

“It was a very difficult game against very difficult opponents in an environment like a full stadium,” said Tuchel.

“The first half was tough for us to create clear chances, we couldn’t score but kept a clean sheet and in the second half we found better solutions and looked more dangerous.

“So a very good second half, a good first half. We deserved to win and I’m glad we did.”

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell runs with the ball during the first half of a soccer match against Club Am..rica in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 16, 2022. (AP Photo/David Becker)
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Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell returned to the game for the first time since November

There were more positives for Tuchel than Ben Chilwell Returned to the game 45 minutes after injury.

The 25-year-old left-back was back on the pitch for the first time since suffering an ACL knee injury last November.

“I’m super happy that he’s back,” said Tuchel.

“It’s a difference from training to playing and he will take time but he will make it because he deserves it and we will support him on his way back.

“I’m glad that after a very physical game and two very physical weeks nobody got injured.”

July 16, 2022: Chelsea FC Forward Timo Werner (11) scores a goal during Clash of Nations FC 2022 football game between Chelsea FC and Club America at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. Chelsea FC defeated Club America 2-1. Christopher Trim/CSM. (Credit Image: ..Christopher Trim/CSM via ZUMA Press Wire) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
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Timo Werner scores Chelsea’s first goal

Conor Gallagher was on loan at Crystal Palace last season while Werner also impressed after a good end to the previous season.

“Timo played like everyone else for 45 minutes and Timo scored,” said Tuchel. “That’s what counts and from there we move on. There are always things to improve but it’s the first game.

“Kai had a great chance, Michy had a great chance, Timo took the chance and so did Mason.

“I’m counting on them maybe calming down and adapting better as they gain experience. They’re still young players and we want them to stay confident, stay focused and do what they have to do.” do as a striker.

Chelsea's Conner Gallagher kicks the ball during the first half of a soccer match against Club Am..rica on Saturday July 16, 2022 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
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Conor Gallagher was loaned to Crystal Palace from Chelsea last season

“With Conor, it’s like a midfielder. He’s training at a very high level and we can clearly see that letting him go on loan was the right decision. He’s taken a big step in his development this year becoming a player for England and you can see that in training, it’s a very good start for him and it was a good game from him.

“Now it’s important that he gets used to our principles of the game, to understand when to move and when not to move, but his work performance is excellent and that can be a big advantage for us.”

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Jane Marczewski

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