New signing Christian Pulisic notched a brace for Chelsea as they recorded a 5-3 victory over Red Bull Salzburg in Austria this evening.
The Blues went into the match with back-to-back victories over Barcelona and Reading and they made it three out of three by seeing off their plucky opponents.
Chelsea took little time to settle in Austria and took the lead in the 20th minute. Pedro played in new signing Pulisic and the American international showed great intelligence to see off the opposition defence before clinically firing the ball beyond home keeper Cican Stankovic.
Pulisic was involved in Chelsea’s second goal. The attacking midfielder drew a foul in the box and teammate Ross Barkley successfully converted from the spot.
A lively eight-minute spell resulted in a 3-0 advantage for The Blues. Pulisic was again a real menace for the RB Salzburg defence, he comfortably took a Barkley pass down and lobbed the ball over Stankovic into the back of the net leaving defenders for dead.
Both sides had chances to add to the scoreline just before the break but Emerson Palmieri’s powerful strike was tipped over by Stankovic before Kepa Arrizabalaga superbly denied Dominic Szoboszlai at the other end.
RB Salzburg were poor in the first period but they were given a lifeline five minutes into the second half. A corner kick was delivered into a dangerous area and Jerome Onguene was allowed too much space to connect with the ball and head it beyond Arrizabalaga.
Pedro soon restored The Blues’ three-goal advantage when he cheekily backflicked a volley into the home goal.
RB Salzburg were awarded a penalty kick late on when Davide Zappacosta committed a foul in the box, Takumi Minamino scored from the spot before Pedro teed up Michy Batshuayi to beat Stankovic with a shot from inside the box.
An action-packed friendly encounter ended with a fortunate RB Salzburg goal. Minamino saw an effort saved by Arrizabalaga but the ball somehow hit him and rolled over the line as the match ended 5-3 to Chelsea.
The Blues are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Germany to face Borussia Monchengladbach at Borrusia-Park.