Five things we learned as Antonio Conte's side fell to defeat

Hope Soto
July 30, 2017

Inter got ahead some minutes before the whistle went off for the first half, when Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois stretched his frame to keep out Stevan Jovetic's spot-kick but the rebound fell kindly for the Inter player to stab home.

Fans on social media were quick to crown Kondogbia as the scorer of the greatest own goal the game has ever seen.

Inter had hitherto been in total control of the contest, with Alvaro Morata ineffectual on the left of a front three.

The Blues have now conceded five times in two pre-season friendlies.

Despite falling behind just prior to the interval, Chelsea returned for the second half knowing they were still in the fixture, particularly given the fact Morata had shown so much promise for his new team in attack.

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Conte's men weren't so fortunate on 52 minutes, when another Inter break led to Manchester Untied target Perisic driving the ball under Courtois, and Joao Mario really should have added a third when he shot straight at the goalkeeper after being teed up by Perisic.

The Montenegro worldwide had the ball in the net again within a minute of the restart, turning home another rebound after Courtois denied Marcelo Brozovic, although the offside flag denied him. Morata started on the left wing but often found himself playing narrower and closer to Batushayi.

Another of his players that has been linked with a move elsewhere, Ivan Perisic, scored the second goal. Out of nowhere from 40 yards out he's launched the ball over the head of his own goalkeeper and into the Inter goal.

You know what's worse than scoring an own goal?

Inter sub Joao Mario should have made it 3-0 from Perisic's unselfish pass, but his low effort was saved by the boot of Courtois.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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