Chelsea had no problems disposing of the Italian Champions Inter Milan 2-0 with goals from two of Jose Mourinho’s favourite players, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.
Ancelotti again made wholesale changes in the second half but no quite so early as he did against Seattle, and only after Chelsea were 2-0 up did he really take chances. I am sure that the former AC Milan manager would have gleaned great satisfaction from beating his ex-sparring partner, just as Chelsea fans will be pleased to get one over Mourinho.
Drogba put the Blues 1-0 up after just 11 minutes with a cool strikers finish, and when Lampard scored a penalty early in the second half the winner was beyond doubt.
Ancelotti even gave Deco and Carvalho 45 minutes each on the pitch, despite both players declaring recently that they desired to join Mourinho at Inter. Daniel Sturridge was again impressive and it was a shot from him that forced Chelsea’s penalty when Burdisso handled his shot.
The new Chelsea boss is obviously tinkering as he works out what his best team is, but he can certainly be pleased with the performances of all the players in both the games so far. To beat a team of Inter Milan’s calibre so easily is no mean feat, and it augurs well for Ancelotti.
Mourinho played a strong side and didn’t make many changes. He even brought on the outgoing Ibrahimovich for the last half-hour to try and get some goals back. And Quaresma, who had a failed loan at Chelsea last season, Came on for a cameo in the last ten minutes.
Chelsea (4-1-3-2): Cech (Turnbull, 63); Ivanovic (Mancienne, 63), Terry, Carvalho (Alex, h-t), A Cole (Hutchinson, 79); Mikel; Essien (Belletti, 63), Lampard (Di Santo, 88), Malouda (Deco, h-t); Kalou (Anelka, h-t), Drogba (Sturridge, h-t).
Inter Milan (4-4-2): Belec; Santon, Cordoba, Burdisso, Chivu (Mancini, 59); Zanetti, Cambiasso (Krhin, 80), Vieira, Motta (Ibrahimovic, 59); Obi (Milito, h-t), Balotelli (Quaresma, 80). Ibrahimovich