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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 26, 2008

Chengdu Blades 0-7 Chelsea

Chelsea's cruise through their pre-season tour of Asia continued in Macau on Saturday as Luiz Felipe Scolari's side eased to a 7-0 victory against Chinese Super League side Chengdu Blades.

Nicolas Anelka, Solomon Kalou and Frank Lampard handed the Blues a comfortable half-time advantage at the Macau Stadium before Joe Cole, Franco Di Santo and a fortunate Shaun Wright-Phillips wrapped up the second rout in four days.

• Scolari defends pre-season schedule

Paulo Ferreira replaced the injured Jose Bosingwa at right-back, while Alex and Wright-Phillips also came into the side who beat Guangzhou Pharmaceutical 4-0 on Wednesday at the expense of Ricardo Carvalho and Mikel John Obi, with Michael Essien taking over the holding midfield role.

Like at the start of Wednesday's pre-season opener, Chelsea dominated the opening exchanges against the Blades, who currently sit ninth in the Chinese top-flight, and after Kalou and Essien had shots saved by Chengdu goalkeeper Lan Yi, the Blues opened the scoring after 15 minutes.

Wright-Phillips found an unmarked Anelka charging into the area, and after the French striker beat the Blades offside trap, he calmly rounded Lan and rolled the ball into the net.

The lively Wright-Phillips blazed over and Lampard saw his low drive saved before Kalou doubled the Chelsea lead 14 minutes before the break.

Wright-Phillips picked out Anelka on the edge of the Chengdu area and with time and space, the Frenchman turned and fed the onrushing Kalou who scored with ease.

Kalou turned provider seven minutes later as the Ivory Coast international crossed for Lampard to fire into an empty net from the edge of the area after Lan went to ground in a vain attempt to intercept the initial low delivery.

Following five half-time changes, Cole was also introduced shortly after for his first pre-season appearance after missing the opening game due to a lack of match fitness.

And Cole made an instant impact two minutes after his 53rd minute introduction as the England midfielder broke clear of the Chengdu backline following an Anelka through-ball before deceiving Lan and passing the ball into the unguarded net.

Six minutes later Argentinian teenager Di Santo smashed home the fifth from close range after the Blades defence failed to clear Carvalho's low cross following good interplay from Cole on the edge of the Chengdu area.

Di Santo was denied a second with 15 minutes remaining as his near-post flick was acrobatically turned away by Lan.

Cole grabbed a second with eight minutes left on the watch with an exquisite close range backheel drag from Essien's low near post cross before Florent Malouda's left wing cross hit an onrushing Wright-Phillips on the chest and looped over Lan a minute later to complete the scoring.

Former Everton and Sheffield United defender Li Tie played 80 minutes for Chengdu, who are owned by the Blades of the Championship.

  • Scolari defends pre-season schedule

    Luiz Felipe Scolari defended Chelsea's globetrotting pre-season tour after running up a second comfortable victory over Chinese Super League side Chengdu Blades on Saturday.

    Four days after kicking off their five-game tour of Asia and Russia with a 4-0 win over Guangzhou Pharmaceutical, the Blues demolished the Blades in emphatic style as Nicolas Anelka, Solomon Kalou, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Franco Di Santo and Shaun Wright-Phillips all netted to secure a 7-0 win in Macau.

    The victory will fuel reports Scolari is facing dressing room unrest with several senior players believed to be unhappy after travelling to China, Macau, Malaysia and Russia ahead of the Barclays Premier League opener against Portsmouth on August 17.

    But despite making eight changes during the win at the Macau Stadium, Scolari insisted the tour is an important building block ahead of the long Premier League season after only taking over the Chelsea reins less than a month ago.

    'Because I am new to Chelsea I need to learn about my players. I have an idea about my players, but I need to work everyday with them to learn more,' said the former Portugal coach.

    'These games are important for me. If I was able to chose the opposition, I would choose this team at this time in our pre-season.

    'I don't not want to play against strong teams because my players are not fully match fit.

    'For us, this is match training. We are here not only to play games, but for other things and for me it is better as I build my team for the games in Russia, and after Russia for the first game against Portsmouth.

    'Six, seven or eight substitutions in this type of game is normal. If I was at the training ground at Cobham I would do the same against the teams we play there.'

    Chelsea complete their three-game Asian tour against a Malaysia Select XI in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday before they travel to Moscow to face Lokomotiv Moscow and AC Milan or Sevilla in the Railway Cup at the start of August.

    'It was better than the match on Wednesday,' Scolari added.

    'The players played more freely, they are fitter and in better condition and they moved up one step so I am satisfied with this game.'

    Despite linking Wright-Phillips with a move to Portsmouth, Scolari insists he is unaware the former Manchester City midfielder wants to leave Stamford Bridge.

    Harry Redknapp has revealed his admiration for Wright-Phillips while new Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch believes his England team-mate would be a valuable addition to the squad.

    'I have not asked him if he wants to go to another team,' said Scolari. 'He is here and is playing for Chelsea, I don't know anything about him wanting to go to another team.

    'He is training very well every day, he is a very important player for us. This is the first time I have heard anything about Wright-Phillips wanting to move. I will have to ask Shaun if he wants a change.'

    Meanwhile, Scolari confirmed defender Jose Bosingwa is set to miss the Premier League opener against Portsmouth after been ruled out for three weeks with a thigh injury.

    The 25-year-old right back, who joined Chelsea from FC Porto over the summer, left the Blues' pre-season tour of Asia and Russia and returned to London after being diagnosed with a small tear in his upper thigh suffered against Guangzhuo.

    'He is out for two weeks minimum for treatment and he won't be able to play for three weeks,' said Scolari. 'At the moment he is out for the first game against Portsmouth.'

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