Fenerbahce/Besiktas vs. Chelsea: 6 Things Jose Mourinho Learned
Chelsea featured in a charity competition in Turkey on Friday to help raise funds in aid of the Soma mining disaster.
It meant the Blues finished runners-up to Besiktas in the competition, who featured former Chelsea striker Demba Ba as substitute.
Overall, it proved a good workout for Mourinho's men, with the manager testing out different systems and tactics in both games.
Oscar, Willian, Ramires and Andre Schurrle all featured in their first game back since the World Cup, with Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic scoring the goals in the victory against Fenerbahce.
After their endeavors in Istanbul, Chelsea visit Budapest on Sunday where they will play Ferencvaros.
Ahead of that game, we look at what Jose Mourinho learned from his team's trip to Turkey.
Chelsea's Free-Kicks Are Looking Better
Now that Frank Lampard and David Luiz are no longer Chelsea players, there is going to be a scrap this season for the right to be the club's preferred set-piece taker.
We have already seen Cesc Fabregas score from a free-kick this pre-season, and Andre Schurrle came close against Fenerbahce—his effort well saved only for Branislav Ivanovic to score from the rebound.
Didier Drogba also got in on the action against Besiktas, forcing the goalkeeper to turn his effort wide.
The Blues seemed to be more inventive when it came to their free-kicks, willing to try different things to test the opposition.
In the past, with Lampard and Luiz on duty, set pieces were often struck hard on goal with little thought given to the approach.
After a few days of practicing on the training ground, the new strategy seems to be paying off for Chelsea too. So with more fine tuning, Chelsea could be a bigger threat next term.
Team Spirit Is Good Inside the Chelsea Camp
It was only a mini tournament they were competing in, but Chelsea celebrated their goals against Fenerbahce like they were in the Champions League on Friday.
Notably, Diego Costa made a point of running to the bench to celebrate his wonderful solo effort with fellow striker Didier Drogba, with many of their teammates joining in.
It was good to see and is also encouraging for Chelsea fans to note team spirit is building among the players.
That's something Jose Mourinho is famed for, so the manager will take it as a sign things are moving in the right direction at Stamford Bridge.
Diego Costa Is Going to Be a Marked Man Next Season
Leading on from the previous slide where we mentioned it was just a charity competition on Friday, nobody told Bruno Alves that—or so it seemed.
The Fenerbahce defender was guilty of a horrific challenge on Diego Costa in Chelsea's 2-0 win.
Indeed, Costa is fortunate he came away with nothing more than his leg hairs taking a close shave, as Alves' tackle appeared nasty enough to do much worse.
Costa has been the subject of some rough treatment throughout pre-season, notably against Vitesse Arnhem, also.
If defenders are paying him this much attention in pre-season, it shows Jose Mourinho his new £32 million striker is going to be a marked man when the season kicks off for real next weekend.
Bleacher Report's Will Tidey was one of the many journalists who highlighted Alves' horrorible tackle here.
Cesc Is the Perfect Foil for Matic in the Pivot
We know of his abilities playing further forward, but Cesc Fabregas is showing himself to be an equally talented deep-lying midfielder.
The Spaniard has featured alongside Nemanja Matic already in pre-season, and with Chelsea's attacking midfielders all back from the World Cup, he was in the pivot again against Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
What we saw was a masterclass from Fabregas as he linked up well with Matic, proving the perfect foil to receive possession from his teammate before releasing those further forward.
Fabregas was composed, confident in possession and dictated Chelsea's tempo.
Indeed, he had an air of former Barcelona teammate Xavi about him.
Chelsea's Brazilians Aren't Suffering from a World Cup Hangover
Given the way Brazil crashed out of the World Cup, Jose Mourinho would have been concerned about the condition in which Willian, Ramires and Oscar would return to Chelsea.
If their performances on Friday were anything to go by, the Chelsea boss has little to worry about.
All three Brazilians appeared refreshed from their three-week break and looked sharper than many would have expected, given they only returned to training on Monday.
Even Ramires had a bit of zip to his game and looked determined to prove himself in midfield where competition for places is going to be intense this coming season.
It bodes well.
Petr Cech Hasn't Done Himself Any Favours in His Battle with Thibaut Courtois
It's often said that when injured, a player can get better.
The notion comes from those in his position underperforming, meaning his own abilities are elevated.
After Petr Cech's howler against Besiktas on Friday, it could be the case for Thibaut Courtois.
Cech had made a world-class save against Fenerbahce in Chelsea's first game, saving a header from point-blank range.
Against Besiktas, though, it was his gaff from a corner that gifted the opposition's victory late on.
The Czech stopper was too eager in his attempts to collect the cross, and with Demba Ba blocking his path, Cech was found cast adrift, leaving his goal gaping for Ersan Gulum to score what will probably be the easiest goal of his career.
With so much competition for the No. 1 shirt at Chelsea these days, the slightest hiccup is going to be picked up on and analyzed.
Unfortunately for Cech, with Courtois sidelined with a minor injury, he will now have to endure his error being discussed at length for the coming days.
Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes
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