Werder Bremen 2-4 Chelsea: Hazard
shines on first pre-season start
Goals from the Belgian, Oscar, Diego
Costa and Pedro led Antonio Conte’s
men to victory over the Bundesliga
club, while N’Golo Kane made his first
start for the Blues
Chelsea ended their pre-season
campaign in style, outclassing Werder
Bremen to record a 4-2 victory in
Antonio Conte’s men were in search of
a positive result, with their opening
Premier League match against West
Ham looming large on August 15.
And goals from Eden Hazard, Ocasr –
the Brazilian’s third in the space of a
week – Diego Costa and Pedro did the
job, although ex-Chelsea striker Claudio
Pizarro and substitute Lennart Thy did
notch for the hosts.
In a match that saw N’Golo Kante make
his inaugural start for his new club
since joining from Leicester City,
Hazard was also named in a Conte
starting XI for the first time.
Bremen had already played seven
friendly matches going into the game,
but any superior match practice was
not evident, as the visitors flew out of
the blocks.
Hazard was allowed to find the bottom
corner for Chelsea with merely seven
minutes gone, after being gifted far too
much space on the edge of the penalty
area by Zlatko Junuzovic.
Two minutes later, Conte’s men found
themselves two up, with Hazard again
playing an important role. The Belgium
winger drove down the left before
finding Oscar in the box and he played
a neat one-two with Diego Costa
before stabbing in a low finish.
After striking the crossbar early on,
Junuzovic atoned for his error by
winning a penalty from Nemanja Matic
on 32 minutes, with Pizarro slotting
home an inch-perfect spot-kick to
reduce the deficit.
But just before the break, Costa was
slipped in behind enemy lines by
Hazard, before keeping his cool to slot
a neat finish across goal to restore
Chelsea’s two-goal cushion.
Bremen’s Thy made an impact from the
bench with a stunning strike from 25
yards on 65 minutes, Thibaut Courtois
only able to offer a despairing dive.
Conte took no chances in immediately
substituting captain John Terry after a
late injury scare caused by a collision,
before Pedro ensured it was all smiles
again with a stoppage-time strike to
seal the win.