J-League’s Kawasaki Frontale daze Chelsea

Chelsea are on a pre-season voyage through Japan, and will play an amicable against FC Barcelona on Tuesday in Saitama, north of Tokyo

YOKOHAMA: J-League Champions Kawasaki Frontale pulled off a shocking 1-0 triumph against Chelsea in amicable at Yokohama on Friday.

Kawasaki striker Leandro Damiao headed in a Kengo Nakamura cross from a short proximity in the 87th moment to secure the agitated before 61,012 observers.

Chelsea attempted to locate the net regardless of rushes of assaults, with Kawasaki players careful in resistance, especially before the break. A long voyage and high dampness in Japan during the beginning of pre-season caused “challenges for us physically,” said Chelsea mentor Frank Lampard.

“The nature of our players on the ball was not exactly where we need. It’s incredibly, typical in pre-season. We will arrive.”

“I got no feelings of trepidation. I was content with (a) major piece of the presentation,” he included.

The Chelsea manager was tightlipped about squad choice for the up and coming season, just saying he has an “aggressive” association.

“No one is in or out of the squad,” Lampard said. “Everyone is contending and the squad will be picked in due time.”

Kawasaki confronted weight

Chelsea kept up weight on the hosts all through the match yet were not able make an interpretation of that into objectives.

In the 30th moment, Chelsea forward Pedro flaunted his ability by crisscrossing past a gathering of Kawasaki safeguards before releasing a long-run shot, which flew directly over the bar.

After four minutes, a comparative endeavor by his colleague Kenedy likewise went wide.


● For Kawasaki Frontale, the hard-won triumph likewise demonstrates the nature of Chelsea squad.

● The club is on a pre-season voyage through Japan, and will play a well disposed against FC Barcelona on Tuesday.

Kawasaki midfielder Akihiro Ienaga, J-League MVP in 2018, compromised the Chelsea objective in a 45th-minute counterattack, finishing the move with a sizzling shot which constrained a radiant one-furnished spare by goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

After the break, Kawasaki’s Leandro Damiao dashed to meet a Kei Chinen cross, yet his jumping header inside the container went wide.

Chelsea are on a pre-season voyage through Japan, and will play a cordial against FC Barcelona on Tuesday in Saitama, north of Tokyo.

For Kawasaki, the hard-won triumph additionally demonstrated the nature of the Chelsea squad.

“Truly, the game demonstrated to us that they (Chelsea) are solid,” Kawasaki mentor Toru Oniki said after the match.

“We were not permitted play our own football. We felt a ton of weight. It’s extraordinary that we won in the wake of having battled so much,” he said.

“Be that as it may, we went into the match to win, and we won. This was enormous.”

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