Video: St. Patrick’s Athletic 0 – 4 Chelsea [Pre Season Friendly] Highlights 2019
This was our second game of pre-season following a midweek runout against Bohemians and the win goes down as the first of the Frank Lampard managerial reign. Once again, there were plenty of opportunities for the younger players in the squad and it was 20-year old Mount who broke the deadlock after 15 minutes.
Emerson doubled our lead with half hour on the clock as the defender’s powerful strike beat the keeper from distance, before Olivier Giroud converted Kenedy’s cross from close range midway through the second half and then added a late fourth.
The result makes it a winning conclusion to our first tour of the summer and the team will now return home before flying out to Japan on Monday.
There was involvement for the first time this pre-season for David Luiz, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic from the start, as well as returning loanees Fikayo Tomori and Mount, following the staggered arrival of the squad in Dublin.
Added options meant the Blues lined up in a 4-4-2 shape with a midfield diamond and Michy Batshuayi alongside Tammy Abraham up front. In defence, Tomori partnered David Luiz at centre-back and Willy Caballero lined up in goal.
It was a bright start at Richmond Park in front of a sell-out crowd featuring plenty of blue shirts and vocal in their support of the Chelsea players and new head coach. On the field, Batshuayi was heavily involved throughout the opening 15 minutes, aiming to add to his goal against Bohemians three days previously.
The Belgian forced a save from Barry Murphy, the Pats goalkeeper, inside three minutes with a rasping low effort that required a strong hand from the Irishman to palm it behind. A driven corner from Mount then caused problems as David Luiz raced to the front post to meet the delivery and flick it towards goal, though Batshuayi missed his connection by inches.
Only the woodwork denied the 25-year old shortly after as he picked up a clever pass from Mount and moved into space on the edge of the box before rattling the top of the crossbar. However, the breakthrough arrived with 15 minutes on the clock as Mount, playing his first senior game for the club he’s been signed at since the age of eight, opened the scoring.
Jorginho was instrumental with an incisive pass played into the feet of his fellow midfielder, who had floated in behind the home defence with an intelligent run. The England Under-21 international took control of the ball and displayed quick footwork to manoeuvre it away from the keeper and into the back of the net.