Video: Bohemian FC 1 – 1 Chelsea [Pre Season Friendly] Highlights 2019
A total of 22 players were used over the 90 minutes as our new coaching team shared the minutes equally between those who had arrived in the Irish capital last Friday. The second group, which arrived on Monday, were not involved.
Batshuayi struck with just eight minutes on the clock, firing into the net after Kenedy’s shot had fallen kindly for him in the 18-yard box. Billy Gilmour and Tiemoue Bakayoko went closest to extending our lead after the interval but the Blues were unable to add to their tally and paid the price when conceding a late equaliser.
Next up is a meeting with St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday evening. Before then, the team will return to their Dublin base to continue their pre-season work.
Lampard started with a mixture of youth and experience as he named his first line-up since returning to the club as boss. Willy Caballero lined up behind a back four featuring skipper Cesar Azpilicueta and Kenedy, with Danny Drinkwater, Ethan Ampadu and Academy Player of the Year Conor Gallagher in midfield. Batshuayi led the attack supported by Pedro and Kasey Palmer.
Driving rain greeted the players and new coaching staff as they arrived at Dalymount Park, though the clouds soon parted ahead of kick-off. There was also a minute’s applause in memory of Chelsea fan Oran Tully, who passed away last year at the age of 19 after suffering from a serious illness.
The Blues started in a 4-2-3-1 shape with Gallagher as the most advanced midfielder and they settled quickly against the side currently third in the League of Ireland Premier Division. It took just eight minutes for our first goal of pre-season to arrive and it was the returning Batshuayi, on loan at Crystal Palace for the second part of last season, who opened the scoring.