FOXBOROUGH — All you need to know about the Revolution’s 3-0 loss to Chelsea FC in the Final Whistle on Hate friendly match Wednesday night in quickie form, complete with BSJ insight and analysis:
Barkley, Giroud stake Chelsea out to a 2-0 lead at the half: The West London side jumped out on top, 1-0, thanks to Ross Barkley slotting home his first of a brace from 12 yards away only three minutes into the friendly, thanks to a lazy header by Jalil Anibaba. It stayed that way until the 29th minute, when former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud headed home Davide Zappacosta’s cross beyond Matt Turner. The Blues had two other gilt-edged chances by Pedro in the last three minutes of the first half, but he couldn’t finish. The Revs had some of the ball, but Chelsea’s defense, for the most part, kept New England honest.
Barkley makes it three: Second half sub Gonzalo Higuain — not something heard or written often — had deflected a shot off Barkley’s peg and in; the goal was originally awarded to the Argentinian, off Willian’s corner service, but it was corrected seven minutes later.
Lots of firsts: The following made their 2019 Revs’ debuts Wednesday: Gabriel Somi, Zachary Herivaux, and Nicholas Firmino. Most players received 30 minutes apiece for the Revs — Wilfried Zahibo and Scott Caldwell went the full 90 — while Chelsea played a good portion of its first-choice players for the first half, before removing Eden Hazard, Giroud, and David Luiz at the interval.
Loftus-Cheek plays 20-plus minutes, goes off with an injury: Look away, Chelsea supporters. A rather important cog in the Chelsea attack, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, went down in the 66th minute with what looked like a non-contact heel injury. He did not look comfortable, and he was taken off shortly afterward. Not a good thing for the Blues, especially with the Europa League Final against Arsenal coming up in two weeks. And in perusing the Chelsea hashtag on Twitter, the fandom for the Stamford Bridge club are not too pleased about it.