The Blues rounded off our four-game trip to the US with a win, coming from behind to beat Roma 2-1 in Washington, and assistant first team coach Rui Faria was delighted with the manner in which we secured the result.
Having trailed to Eric Lamela’s 21st-minute opener, a much-improved Chelsea display after the break saw us turn the game on its head.
Frank Lampard, a half-time substitute, drew us level with a trademark strike following excellent build-up play between Eden Hazard and Demba Ba just after the hour, and with the game seemingly heading for a draw, Romelu Lukaku scrambled home in the 89th minute to win us the match.
‘The match was against a good, organised team, and a team that wanted a result, so it was a very good game for us,’ Faria tells the official Chelsea website.
‘We’re really happy with the performance of our players. All the players out on the pitch gave their best and fought in a difficult match. There were some difficult moments, like when we went behind, but there were a lot of positives for the team.
‘In the end, winning is not the most important thing in these matches but it’s always good to win because of the identity and personality we want to create in the team. The most important thing was the way we secured the result.
‘We tried to rest the players who are going away with their national teams, and also those who played a lot of minutes against Real Madrid as we are preparing for the first match.’
The trip as a whole can be reflected on as a success, with the Blues having beaten three Italian teams in the form of Inter Milan and AC Milan, as well as Roma.
Faria, however, believes it’s the work which has been carried out at our training base in Washington, the Catholic University, which will prove most significant as we approach the start of the new season.
‘It’s been positive, but the main thing on the trip is the things we were able to work with the team on to increase the quality,’ he says.
‘That was the main aspect during the whole pre-season, putting the message the coach wants across. We are very pleased and happy with the commitment of the players because they tried to give their best performances possible.’