Chelsea FC faced off in its second friendly of the preseason against League Two side AFC Wimbledon and won the match by a score of 3-2. Wimbledon ran out to an early 2-0 lead through a header from a corner and an ugly penalty conceded by new boy Kurt Zouma. It was a terrible start for the Blues coming off a 5-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers but nothing to be overly concerned about considering the amount of youngsters and youth players out on the pitch.
Chelsea would then storm back to equalize and then take the lead. The first Chelsea goal came from a John Terry finish off a Lewis Baker corner. The second was a nice finish from Mohamed Salah again courtesy of a lofted delivery by Baker and the third was another goal from Terry, also coming at the end of an assist from the youngster Baker.
This was not much of a match until the second half when the quality of Chelsea came through. The quality of Lewis Baker and Mohamed Salah were on full display and they both shined in the match. Baker in particular was the star of the match and his three assists were certainly the key to the Chelsea comeback. What was most impressive from Baker was his deliveries on set pieces and even lofted balls in to the box.
Chelsea struggled with set piece deliveries last season when Frank Lampard was not playing and with the legend gone the Blues have to find a new man for the set plays. Baker’s all-around game may not be 100% ready for the big time but in dead ball situations he is certainly ready for the big stage.
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