Chelsea beats Milan at MetLife Stadium in New York to give them the pass to the final match against Real Madrid in Miami.
Mou Will Play his Former Blancos in Miami
Real Madrid awaited the winner between the Blues and the Rossoneri after los Blancos beat Everton FC in the semifinal. MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Jets and the New York Giants, served as a host for the Guinness International Champions Cup other semifinal. Chelsea dominated the match and held a comfortable 1-0 lead throughout the whole game until André Schürrle widened the gap on stoppage time. The match had moments that felt like a casual friendly and moments of intensity that risked injury for players in both sides this pre-season.
There was practically no midfield play during the first half as the ball went from side to side, Chelsea held on defensively and counter-attacked while the Rossoneri casually looked to open up spaces. Despite being a friendly match, both teams were playing strong, though Milan players seemed to be showing-off instead of playing their usual tactical soccer. Chelsea in the other hand was playing a more serious match and it served them well after constant attacks on Abbiati's goal. First they disallowed a goal by De Bruyne since Demba Ba was offside. But minutes later Eden Hazard found a wide opened De Bruyne that with a low shot beat Abiatti and put Chelsea up on the scoreboard 1-0. Milan tried for a comeback in the first half, but to no avail as they went to the break in a deficit.
Jose Mourinho opted for making seven substitutions before the second half started, brining in a very different Chelsea team. The Blues dominated the second half completely and tested Abiatti's net constantly from every side. The Italian goalkeeper had numerous stops as his defense could not stop Chelsea at all, Milan was not causing any danger in front, despite losing by a goal. More substitutions came from both sides as both managers tested their squad in this pre-season friendly tournament. Milan had a couple of close calls on Chelsea's net that could have extended the game to penalty kicks but no goal ever came by the Rossoneri. Chelsea kept firing over and over on Abiatti's net to no avail until stoppage time when Schürrle placed it on the bottom right corner with a side volley. The Blues moved on to the final match against Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho will play his former team in the final match of the Guinness Cup at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. Carlo Ancelotti also will be playing a team he formerly managed, he was with the Blues from 2009-2011 before heading to PSG. A very interesting match as the controversial Portugues manager will face Los Blancos now under the Italian's reign. Mourinho's recent comments on Ronaldo will even add more spice to the match, he probably also knows a secret or two on how to stop CR7. The final of the Guinness Cup sounds as appetizing as the new beer the sponsors are promoting, the Guinness Black Lager.