Chelsea Winners and Losers vs. Malaysia XI
Jose Mourinho got off to a winning start in his second stint in charge of Chelsea, as his side overcame the Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok on Wednesday.
And the Portuguese tactician would have been satisfied with his side's efficiency as they easily brushed aside a Malaysian XI 4-1 in the jam-packed Shah Alam stadium.
Goals from trialist Bertrand Traore and Romelu Lukaku, plus a sensational strike from Kevin De Bruyne, were more than enough as Mourinho's experimental side enjoyed complete domination.
And here, we've summarised who were the biggest winners and losers in the Blues shirt, even though they won in Malaysia.
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The Belgian forward, shown above, was a menace throughout against the Malaysian XI. Although he was only given 45 minutes to impress, Lukaku was an instrumental part of Chelsea's victory and will have given Jose Mourinho something to think about ahead of their next match.
After the Blues went 1-0 up, the 20-year-old was found by Mark Schwarzer's long ball and, judging the flight of the ball brilliantly, flicked onto his compatriot Kevin De Bruyne, who managed to fire home a stunning volley.
As well as turning creator, the powerful forward then got one for himself. Chelsea broke on the counter-attack and as Bertrand Traore slotted a reverse pass through the defence, Lukaku ensured he stayed onside, taking a touch onto his left before neatly sliding his finish past the goalkeeper.
After coming off, his replacement Demba Ba failed to make an impression, and many feel this could be the turning point in his career as the Senegal striker fights for his future at the club.
An extremely promising performance from the Burkina Faso youngster who, despite being just 17 years old, was too much for the Malaysian side.
The Chelsea trialist opened the scoring inside the first seven minutes, meeting Kevin De Bruyne's low cross and coolly slotting it home into the bottom corner.
He then showed his credentials as a playmaker, threading through a wonderful reverse pass for Lukaku to make it 3-0 just before halftime. He was one of nine players brought off at halftime, but would nonetheless have shown his obvious ability to his potential permanent employers.
The star of the youth team last season made his eagerly anticipated debut for the senior side during the game after replacing the injured Kevin De Bruyne.
The 17-year-old Scot looked tidy and assured in possession and will no doubt be looking forward to playing more than the 20 minutes he did against the Malaysian XI.
Feruz was taken off at halftime, although this was likely to be a precautionary measure taken by Mourinho due to a knock he was carrying. But the next game in Jakarta may be an opportunity for him to make the desired impression.
Honourable Mention: Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian midfielder was once again sublime in the No.10 role, with class and confidence oozing from every touch. Equally, his assist for Traore's opener showed his crossing ability and perhaps an option for Mourinho to use on the wing.
But his goal is the reason for the mention. After instinctively running onto Lukaku's flick-on, De Bruyne unleashed an unstoppable strike that rocketed into the top corner. A superb strike from an undoubtedly talented player.
Unfortunately, De Bruyne features in our 'Losers' section. Navigate to the next slide to find out why...
Kevin De Bruyne
After the joy of scoring such a magnificent goal, it lasted literally only seconds for the Belgian starlet. The 22-year-old hit a stunning volley but landed awkwardly on his leg, and immediately requested to be substituted.
The youngster was stretchered off, much to Jose Mourinho's dismay, but was later seen walking back to the bench, albeit a bit gingerly. Nevertheless, it was a disappointing end to a fantastic performance from the former Genk man.
The Senegal striker has endured an alarming dip in form since joining from Newcastle in January, and now it seems he could be the man who is sacrificed to make way for a new striker.
With Romelu Lukaku largely impressing in the first half, it was up to Ba to deliver a performance to show Mourinho why he deserved to stay. However, the 28-year-old looked sluggish and his work rate was far from the expected level as he struggled to create chances for himself.
Still, he will have the chance in Jakarta to prove he is worthy of being a Chelsea player, but his performance shows time could be running out.
After Mark Schwarzer made his debut in the first half, the Czech Republic goalkeeper came on and it looked to be yet another clean sheet to add to his bulging collection.
But after the Blues took a comfortable 3-0 lead, they sat back and allowed the Malaysian side to have a few chances.
One chance proved to be a consolation for the Asian side, as the free-kick was whipped in, Chelsea failed to clear it and Cech, making a good reaction save, was beaten by the rebound. To say he was not impressed, even despite the game being just a friendly, is an understatement.
Jose Mourinho: Winner or Loser?
Jose Mourinho adopted his favoured 4-2-3-1 setup with a makeshift midfield. Marco van Ginkel and Michael Essien stayed in the centre, while the attacking midfield consisted of Eden Hazard on the left, Kevin De Bruyne in the playmaker role and Bertrand Traore out on the right. They were behind the towering striker Romelu Lukaku.
Mark Schwarzer was handed his debut and looked solid throughout, while John Terry partnered Nathaniel Chalobah as the two centre-halfs. Branislav Ivanovic slotted into right-back and Ryan Bertrand was given the opportunity to surge down the left as a wing back.
Mourinho got the tactics spot on as Chelsea dominated possession and had a hatful of chances, although the defence perhaps needs some work ahead of the new season.
Mourinho made all 11 changes, with one forced as De Bruyne came off injured in the first-half. He gave Islam Feruz a run out, as well as Josh McEachran, and it was a wise move from the Portuguese coach as he gave the youngsters a good run out to gain some much-needed confidence.
Victor Moses came on from the bench to score, while Lucas Piazon and Wallace were given some minutes to add to their time against Singha All-Stars. The decision to bring on Ba was understandable but backfired, with the striker not making the impression he would have hoped for.
The Blues cruised throughout and showed great intensity in the first-half to make the result comfortable. With the heat, humidity and substitutions, this naturally calmed in the second period. And while 4-1 is a result Mourinho will be happy with, the goal conceded right at the death will be a black mark next to a confident performance.
Winner or Loser?
Mourinho is rarely ever a loser, and in this case, he got everything right as he continued his 100 percent record in his second stint as Chelsea manager. He may want to tighten up the defence and perhaps a lineup is starting to make shape as he gains knowledge of his players, but otherwise, a good day for the ex-Real Madrid coach.