Chelsea cruise to win as Batshuayi makes debut


Antonio Conte enjoyed his first win as Chelsea manager and handed a debut to big-money arrival Michy Batshuayi as Wolfsburger were brushed aside 3-0.

Chelsea lost the opening match of their trip to Austria 2-0 against Rapid Vienna on Saturday, but they were worthy of a comfortable triumph at the Worthersee Stadion, where Bertrand Traore put them in front and substitutes Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah added late gloss to the scoreline.

Willian was industrious and influential throughout and found Victor Moses to side-foot against the inside of the right-hand post from 15 yards, before the latter turned provider for Traore to hack wastefully over.

But the Burkina Faso forward broke the deadlock five minutes before half-time in slightly fortuitous fashion as a prodded effort from Willian's cross ricocheted back into him off goalkeeper Alexander Kofler and into the net.

Wolfsburger spurned a glorious opportunity to equalise 10 minutes into the second period, with Dario Baldauf afforded ample room at the back post, but the half-time substitute headed wide

Batshuayi - who was not initially named on the bench before he was introduced - then entered the fray and the Belgium international skilfully rounded goalkeeper Christian Dobnik on the end of Willian's pass but Moses' resulting effort was cleared off the line.

Six minutes from time, Loftus-Cheek made sure of the victory when he got in front of Dobnik to nod in from Moses' corner and Chalobah made his mark by powering into space and unleashing a clinical low finish in stoppage time.

Chelsea continue their pre-season preparations in the International Champions Cup next week, where they face Premier League counterparts Liverpool in Pasadena.