Chelsea recorded a win and a loss in their two charity mini-tournament games, with Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic giving the Blues to a 2-0 win over Fenerbahce, before falling 1-0 to Besiktas.
The tournament was unusual in that the matches were only 45 minutes long, as the three teams competed in a round robin format on the night to determine who lift the trophy as they played in aid of the Soma mining disaster that occurred in Western Turkey in May of this year, which claimed the lives of 301 people.
Jose Mourinho named a strong starting 11, with World Cup winner Andre Schurrle starting, as did Oscar, both of whom only reported back for pre-season for the first time earlier this week. Eden Hazard started also in a starting 11 that did not look dissimilar to what many Chelsea fans would expect to see in their Premier League curtain raiser. Diego Costa was up front, with Cesar Azpilicueta chosen over Filipe Luis at left back.
After a quiet opening 10 minutes, the game got its first chance somewhat against the run of play. Despite Chelsea having the lion’s share of possession, it was the Turkish side who created the first opportunity. Gary Cahill had slipped which meant Emmanuel Emenike was allowed to bear down on goal and played in former Blue Raul Meireles whose strike was blocked behind for a corner.
Not long after a contentious offside flag had robbed Chelsea of the lead. Eden Hazard executed a slide-rule pass to Oscar, who slotted past Volkan Demirel with wonderful aplomb only to see the linesman with his flag raised.
Petr Cech was called into action with a wonderful save as Alper Potuk’s close range header looked guaranteed to hit the back of the net.
Diego Costa put us in front with an absolutely great individual goal, who after weaving in and out of challenges placed his shot in the far corner. Chelsea fans will be hoping he can produce more of this when the season starts. Half an hour in and the lead was doubled, as an Andre Schurrle free kick tested Demirel from 30 yards out, but could only be parried out to Branislav Ivanovic who tapped home. As the game went on Chelsea looked more and more in control as it finished 2-0.
So with that victory, Mourinho knew another one against Besiktas would make the Blues winners of the mini-tournament. Filipe Luis came in for Cesar Azpilicueta, and Ramires and Willian came in for Oscar and Schurrle.
A disjointed first third of the match meant it never really got going, the only highlight was an early showing for ex-Blue Demba Ba whose main contribution was to force a decent save out of Petr Cech. Didier Drogba struck a brilliant free kick which was denied by Cenk Gomen. In the final minutes Besiktas earned a corner, which was whipped in and met by Ersan Gulum as it fell at his feet, giving the Turks the tournament victory.
Next for Chelsea is a trip to Hungarian side Ferencvaros on Wednesday, before the league season starts on Sunday, away at Turf Moor to Burnley.