Chelsea kept their winning bounce going on Sunday as goals from Mason Mount, Ross Barkley and Kenedy secured a 4-3 win at Reading.
The Blues are hard at work gearing up for a campaign which will see them challenge for five trophies, starting with the UEFA Super Cup.
New manager Frank Lampard has a few issues to contend with – some of which were highlighted once again at the Madejski Stadium.
1) Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater – £75 million worth of talent and FA Cup winner and Premier League winner’s medals each – had probably their last chances to salvage their Chelsea careers today, with Frank Lampard thought to be ready to let them go.
Bakayoko did little to change anyone’s mind in a poor first half – his passing poor, his control awful. Drinkwater was little better.
2) Admittedly it was a second string team fielded by Lampard at the Madejski for the first 45 minutes, but the centre-back partnership of Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori had real problems in the air against a lively Reading attack.
But even with a probable first choice back four and Kurt Zouma and David Luiz lining up after half time, Chelsea still looked way too leaky for comfort.
3) Ross Barkley scored the winning goal against Barcelona and has had a good pre-season for Chelsea, scoring again here with a lovely free kick.
The emergence of Mason Mount has put the former Everton man under pressure, but he is responding well.
4) Lampard switched all ten outfield players at half-time at the Madejski.
And it was Mount, star of this pre-season, who showed just why Lampard rates him so highly, with two poachers’ goals, making him the top scorer this summer with three in all.
5) Reading only just scraped clear of relegation from the Championship last season.
However, with new man Charlie Adam running things in midfield and youngsters of the calibre of Michael Olise they should fare better this time round.
Chelsea resume their pre-season campaign on Wednesday when they face Red Bull Salzburg, with Borussia Monchengladbach then in their sights.
Their Premier League season starts on Sunday August 11 when they travel to Old Trafford and face old rivals Manchester United.