Real Madrid ran riot against Chelsea as Antonio Conte suffered yet another defeat as they continued their preparations for the new season in the United States of America.
Los Blancos were too good for the Blues, who looked bereft of ideas in the first half as Zinedine Zidane’s men blitzed through like a hot knife through butter.
A brace from Marcelo and a goal from Mariano Diaz sealed Chelsea’s fate as the game seemed over in the first half, but a late Eden Hazard brace saw Chelsea fight back to end the game at 3-2.
The European champions were obviously the better side in the first half, dominating play as Chelsea struggled, and they made it count in the end.
Real took the lead as early as the 18th minute when Marcelo found his way inside the Chelsea area and went past two markers and fired with his weaker right foot, which beat goalkeeper Asmir Begovic albeit with the help of a deflection.
The Brazilian left-back then doubled the lead seven minutes later when he burst forward and played a neat one-two with a teammate, went past two markers again, before firing past Begovic for Real’s second of the night.
The Spanish giants kept dominating, as Chelsea could not just find their bearing and they made it three in the 36th minute, when Diaz received a nice pass from Marcelo, and fired from range, leaving Begovic helpless.
Chelsea however returned stronger in the second half, as they sought to get back into the game and stop the embarrassment, but it wasn’t to be as Real proved too strong for them, until the 79th minute, when Eden Hazard connected Nathan Chalobah’s through ball and he went past Casilla in goal for Real, before slotting into an empty net.
The Blues further reduced the deficit when Hazard again found Michy Batshuayi’s pass to score his and Chelsea’s second of the evening, to make the score more respectable.
The late comeback notwithstanding, new boss Conte will be hoping they improve more before the season begins.