Nigerian forward, Victor Moses gave a commendable display even though Antonio Conte started his reign as Chelsea boss on a losing on Satur...
The Blues conceded a goal in either half at the Allianz Stadion in Austria, as Joelinton and Tomi Correa wrecked the Blues in their opening pre-season fixture. Rapid made a dominant start as they were fast out of the blocks against a Chelsea side simply unable to get a foot on the ball.
The positive start paid off for the the hosts as early as the 8th minute when, following some quick interplay on the edge of the box, Joelinton found himself through on goal and smartly rounded Asmir Begovic to roll the ball home.
Chelsea responded well enough by slowly working their way up the field under instruction from the vocal Conte, and they were nearly level after Willian’s cross was turned inches wide of his own net by Srdjan Grahovac.
Though the Blues seemed to be playing their way back, it was Rapid who looked the more likely to add a second, though – Steffen Hofmann seeing his volleyed attempt pushed aside by Begovic, while Joelinton’s well-struck attempt was parried by the Chelsea stopper before being cleared to safety.
Conte made just the two changes at the break, introducing Anglo -Nigerian Ola Aina and Oscar in place of Baba Rahman and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but it did not make any turnaround for good for the stuttering Blues. Moses who was arguably the Premier League outfit’s best player at this stage last year also showed some brilliance on Saturday Stand-in Rapid keeper Richard Strebinger was finally tested for the first time 69 minutes in when substitute Nathaniel Chalobah let fly from 30 yards out, forcing a smart stop to deny Chelsea an equaliser.
Though Chelsea were pressing their hosts in the later stage, their dominace counted for less as it was Rapid substitute Correa who tapped in a killer second after Branislav Ivanovic’s weak pass was intercepted on to give the Austrian outfit a flawless pre-season record.