Chelsea manager Frank Lampard
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard first win

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has won his first trophy while in charge of the club after a narrow win against Spanish giants Barcelona.

The two sides met in Saitama Stadium Tokyo, Japan for a Rakuten cup final game with Chelsea claiming a 2-1 win over the Spanish side.

Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley scored the blues’ two goals while Ivan Rakitic netted Barcelona’s consolation in injury time.

The result means that it is Chelsea’s second win in all their four preseason games under Frank Lampard.

A 4-0 win over St Patrick’s Athletic, one draw against Bohemians (1-1) as well as a loss to Kawasaki Frontale (1-0)

Points to note (Barcelona)

This was Barca’s first match since returning from their summer holidays and despite a bright start, their lack of match sharpness gradually shone through against a Chelsea side who were playing their fourth game of pre-season.

They (Barcelona) substituted their entire team for the second half while Chelsea made changes gradually throughout the second period.

New signings Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong also made their debuts.

Points to note (Chelsea)

The hopes of Chelsea fans in their new inexperienced manager will be growing due to the team’s performance.

Managing a team of so many youngsters in Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic among others, Lampard will have something to get delighted about.

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Also putting in mind that his team’s Premier League opener against Manchester United is approaching – less than three weeks now.

In their next preseason fixture, Chelsea will take on Championship side Reading while Barcelona will play Japanese side, Vissel​ Kobe.

Chelsea player ratings

Starting XI: Arrizabalaga (6); Azpilicueta (6), Luiz (7), Christensen​ (6), Emerson (6); Jorginho (7), Kovacic (6), Mount (6); Pedro (5), Pulisic (8), Abraham (7). Substitutes: Alonso (7), Zouma (6), Tomori (6), Barkley (6), Kenedy (5), Giroud (7), Bakayoko (6), Zappacosta (6), Batshuayi (5), Drinkwater (6). Barcelona player ratings Starting XI: Ter Stegen (5); ​Roberto (5), Pique (6), Umtiti (6), Alba (6); O. Busquets (5), Puig (7), S. Busquets (5); Griezmann (7), Dembele (6), Collado (6).

Substitutes: Semedo (6), Rakitic (7), Todibo (6), Perez (7), Alcantara (6), Neto (5), Malcolm (6), Lenglet (6), Alena (6), De Jong (7), Jaime (6)

By John Dalton Kigozi