Chelsea 2-1 Club America: stunner Mason Mount launches Blues in pre-season

Chelsea 2-1 Club America: stunner Mason Mount launches Blues in pre-season

A superb late goal from Mason Mount gave Chelsea a 2-1 win in their first pre-season game against Club America in Las Vegas.

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

However, James scored a comedic own goal five minutes later trying to pass the ball past goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli which leveled things up.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were not to be denied, however, as Mount sent a superb curling strike from the edge of the box into the corner to cap off a fine second-half performance without new signings Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Club America goalkeeper Oscar Jimenez unable to reach Mason Mount winner

“He brings experience, quality, superior defensive quality, height and everything we look for when playing a back three or four,” Tuchel said of Kolibaly.

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

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, Mount, Jorginho, Alonso; Pulisic, Batshuayi, Werner

“He knows some of the players, I think it’s going to be very quick for him to feel welcome in the group. It’s a good group and everyone is very happy that he’s with us now.”

Mid-season Mexican side Club America had a good test at Chelsea in front of a raucous crowd.

Chelsea’s pre-season friends:

  • Chelsea 2-1 Club America
  • Charlotte FC – Thursday July 21, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte; kick off 12pm BST
  • Arsenal – Sunday, July 24, Camping World Stadium, Florida; kick off at 1am
  • Udinese – Friday July 29, Dacia Arena, Udine; kick off 8pm BST

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

“The first half was difficult for us to create clean 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 happy we won it.”

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

There were more positives for Tuchel than Ben Chilwell returned from injury to play 45 minutes.

The 25-year-old left-back entered the pitch for the first time since suffering a knee injury last November.

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

“It’s a difference between training and playing a game and he will take time, but he will get there because he deserves it and we will support him on the way back.

“I’m happy that no one is injured after a very physical game and two very physical weeks.”

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

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

“Timo played 45 minutes like everyone else and Timo scored,” said Tuchel. “That’s what matters and from there we go. There are always things to improve, but this is the first game.

“Kai had a great chance, Michy had a great chance, Timo took his chance and Mason too.

“I count on the fact that as they become more experienced, they could become calmer and adapt more and more. They are still young players and what we expect from them is that ‘they stay confident, stay focused and do what they need to do like strikers.

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

“With him, it’s the same as a player. He trains at a very high level and you can clearly see that it was the right decision to let him go on loan. He took a huge step in his development this year and has become a player for England, and you can see that in training.

“Now it’s important that he gets used to our playing principles, to understand when to move when not to move, but his work rate is exceptional and that can be a big asset for us.”

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