EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS Chelsea thrashed non-league Weymouth THIRTEEN-NIL in a pre-season friendly on Sunday.
First-team regulars Thiago Silva, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all believed to have starred in the behind-closed-doors friendly at Cobham.
Reece James reportedly played against Weymouth – just a day after featuring against Crystal PalaceCredit: Getty
The Blues organised the match for players not fit enough to feature in their 3-0 Premier League win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Ben Chilwell, Emerson Palmieri, Ethan Ampadu, Ross Barkley, Kurt Zouma and Davide Zappacosta all reportedly played against the fifth-tier side.
And it was a remarkable effort from James, who also played the final 23 minutes of Chelsea’s victory against Palace the day before.
New signing Romelu Lukaku was unable to make his second Chelsea debut as he’s still completing a stint in quarantine following his arrival in the UK.
And Tammy Abraham missed the friendly as he’s in the Italian capital ahead of his reported £34million move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma.
The Blues didn’t cover the game on their social media channels and the goalscorers haven’t been revealed to the press.
Chelsea took the lead after just four minutes and were 8-0 up as the referee blew for half-time.
Thomas Tuchel’s side didn’t take their foot off the gas in the second half and romped to a sensational 13-0 victory against a decent opposition.
Weymouth boss Brian Stock won’t be too concerned about the embarrassing result as their focus was getting minutes in the tank.
The non-league side start their National League campaign at home to Boreham Wood on Saturday, August 21.
No line-up or goalscorers from Chelsea will be given, due to the agreement in place with them.
Speaking to the Dorset Echo before the match, Stock said: “I think it’s important we try and impose ourselves on them.
“What I don’t want to be is the team that just sits back and tries to keep the score down.
“This isn’t about winning a game of football. This is about preparing for the week ahead.
“If we understand we can get a high level of fitness chasing the ball, if ‘m being honest, given the quality we’re up against, it’s going to be a great test for the players.”
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