Christian Pulisic and Ross Barkley were both in red-hot form as Chelsea secured an encouraging 5-3 pre-season win against Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.

Pulisic and Barkley ran riot to put Chelsea three goals up in the first half, while Pedro scored a sensational back-heeled volley to put the Blues 4-1 up.

Red Bull scored from the penalty spot before Michy Batshuayi’s late goal restored the cushion, while the hosts scored with the last kick of the game to end up with a scoreline which suggests the game was far closer than it actually was.

While Chelsea will face tougher tests than Red Bull this season, the slick movement suggests Frank Lampard’s side will be a real threat on the counter – and Pulisic’s performance will give Blues fans hope that there really is life after Eden Hazard.

Relive the action as it happened in Salzburg.

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FULL TIME | Red Bull 3-5 Chelsea

GOAL!


GOAL | Red Bull 3-5 Chelsea

 

What is happening?!

GOAL!


 

GOAL | Red Bull 2-5 Chelsea | Michy Batshuayi 88′

GOAL!


GOAL | Red Bull 2-5 Chelsea

 

Minamino nets a penalty as a consolation for Salzburg…

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Changes for Chelsea

 

On come Tomori, Emerson, Kenedy, Mount and Batshuayi

Off go David Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Pulisic and Abraham


57 mins: What a goal from Pedro!

 

It’s another assist from Barkley, but it’s all about the finish from Pedro.

 

Barkley clips the ball in from the left flank after another quick counter, and Pedro somehow backheels the ball over his shoulder with his back to goal – what a stunning, stunning effort!

GOAL!


 

GOAL | Red Bull 1-4 Chelsea | Pedro 57′


A sliver of a hint of a comeback?

 

Onguene gets one back for Red Bull – 50 minutes to find two more…

GOAL!


 

GOAL | Red Bull 1-3 Chelsea | Jerome Onguene 50′


We’re back underway – no changes for Chelsea.


HALF TIME | Red Bull 0-3 Chelsea


38 mins: Kepa to the rescue!

 

As much as you can actually rescue your team with a save at 3-0 up, anyway…

 

Still, it’s a great stop from the Chelsea keeper, who denies Szoboszlai at full stretch.


This is the Pulisic show!

 

Well, Ross Barkley is having an absolute stormer too – the England international sends the US star through on goal, and he does the business again.

GOAL!


 

GOAL | Red Bull 0-3 Chelsea | Christian Pulisic 30′


Two in quick succession for Chelsea!

 

Pulisic has a big hand in this one as well as he wins the spot-kick, with Barkley stepping up to finish from 12 yards.

GOAL!


 

GOAL | Red Bull 0-2 Chelsea | Ross Barkley penalty 24′


Penalty to Chelsea!

 

Pulisic wins it…


Pulisic is off the mark for Chelsea!

 

Captain America has his first goal for the Blues, finishing really well under pressure after showing some strong technique.

 

Fans wanting a like-for-like replacement for Hazard should not expect too much, but he is playing well today.

GOAL!


 

GOAL | Red Bull 0-1 Chelsea | Christian Pulisic 22′


20 mins: While a scoreline is always important, Lampard will be looking for a cohesive style today – and, crucially, no more injuries.

 

Chelsea play Man Utd on August 11 in their Premier League opener, and with the Red Devils looking settled and in strong form in pre-season, the Blues have a tough task ahead of them.

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