Chelsea have completed their pre-season campaign undefeated, thanks to a late equalizer from academy player Mason Burstow against Borussia Dortmund in Chicago. The Blues, under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, seemed destined for their first defeat as Marius Wolf scored late in the game. However, Burstow’s header in the 89th minute secured a draw for Chelsea.
Wolf had given Dortmund the lead in the 80th minute with a close-range volley. It appeared that Dortmund would claim another victory against a Premier League team, following their win over Manchester United earlier in the week. But Burstow capitalized on a failed clearance by Dortmund, heading the ball into the far left corner of the net.
Burstow, who made his first-team debut in the previous week’s draw against Newcastle, scored his first goal for the senior side. It was a well-deserved result for Chelsea, who dominated most of the match.
However, Pochettino will be concerned about the extent of Christopher Nkunku’s knee injury. The French player was forced off in the 22nd minute and was seen with an ice pack on his left knee, raising fears of a lengthy absence from the team.
Chelsea’s next game is against Liverpool on August 13, marking the start of the new Premier League season.
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English side Chelsea rounded off an impressive pre-season schedule with an unbeaten record on Saturday, after Mason Burstow’s late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw against German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
The match looked to be heading for a narrow defeat for the Blues, who had seen Dortmund take an early lead in the first half. But Chelsea kept their cool and, as injury time approached, 19-year-old Burstow stepped up to rescue a point with a superb finish.
The goal caps an impressive pre-season for Burstow, who has featured in four of Chelsea’s seven pre-season matches. This could be his breakthrough season for the Blues, with manager Frank Lampard likely to include a number of youngsters in his first-team squad.
The draw with Dortmund was the final outing of a pre-season schedule which has seen Chelsea beat Barcelona and Reading, and draw with Manchester City, Kawasaki Frontale and Red Bull Salzburg. It has been a both successful and educational few weeks for Chelsea and their manager Frank Lampard, who has used the fixtures to assess and integrate his youthful squad.
The Blues will now switch their attention to their Premier League opener against Manchester United on Sunday 11th August. After a final tune-up against Reading in the FA Community Shield a week earlier, Lampard and his charges will be hopeful of a bright start to the new season and a productive campaign ahead.