Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1: match report
Read a full match report of the friendly match between Chelsea and AC Milan at the Sun Life Stadium, Miami
Roberto Di Matteo admitted that Chelsea lacked a “cutting edge” as they ended their four-match pre-season tour to the United States with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to AC Milan and amid concerns that the club still need a replacement for Didier Drogba.
The Chelsea manager won just one of the four matches of the two-week tour – the first game, against a modest Seattle Sounders side, losing to the MLS All-Stars and earning a draw against Paris St-Germain.
Against Milan Di Matteo was able to introduce Fernando Torres, playing 30 minutes in his first participation of the tour, but the striker looked short of fitness and sharpness. With Drogba having been released at the end of last season, Torres is expecting to be Chelsea’s main striker.
Indeed Torres fluffed Chelsea’s best opportunity, late on, when he tried to find room for a right-foot shot, clear on goal, instead of shooting with his left, and was dispossessed.
Nevertheless Di Matteo declared himself happy with the strikers at his disposal – even though Romelu Lukaku, who has started all four matches, again provided evidence that he is woefully short of being ready to play for the European champions.