Chelsea picked up a narrow 1-0 victory over Thailand All-stars in a their first Asian tour match at the Rajamangala Stadium Bangkok on Saturday evening.
The English Premier League champions opened their lead in the 12th minute when an un-marked youngster Dominic Solanke volleyed home from 12-yards out into the bottom corner.
The hosts, which were led by Thai national team coach Kiatisuk Senamuang, were presented with a chance to equalise eight minutes later, but goalkeeper Petr Cech was on hand to make a comfortable save.
Chelsea should have extended their lead just before the halftime break, but Solanke’s close range lob following a Loic Remy’s decent pass sailed just wide of the upright.
Jose Mourinho’s men have upped the tempo in this second half after making a 11 changes at the break, and continued to control play but failed to extend their lead until the full time whistle.
“Score 1-0 is not so bad, I’m satisfied with the result,” said Kiatisuk in a press conference, who took the game as a measure for Thai players capacity in high level. “We wanted to see how our players would do.
“We had our World Cup qualifying squad, the Olympic squad, and new Thai league players and we wanted to see if they could compete with players of this calibre.”