“save of the summer”; Watch brilliant save by Kalidou Koulibaly to deny Gabriel Jesus brace goal in Florida cup final
Kalidou Koulibaly came in for Thiago Silva in the 73th minutes of the second half for his debut for the blue
Didn’t have long to make his mark, but one outstanding block to deny Eddie Nketiah ensured Koulibaly caught the eye. He also produced one nice pass forward for Batshuayi
Despite only being on the pitch for a short time, he produced two great defensive actions. One was a rapid recovery run to dispossess Nicolas Pepe, who ran in behind. The second was a last-ditch block on the same player when he was through on goal.
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Chelsea suffered a 4-0 defeat by rivals Arsenal in Orlando, leading to an inquest about their dismal display.
Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga all scored for Mikel Arteta’s side in a match that threatened to be a rout by half-time.
Chelsea regained some control by switching formation in the second half and through bringing on Kalidou Koulibaly for his debut, but still conceded twice more with the Gunners bombarding their goal.
They posed little threat going forward with Aaron Ramsdale not making a save in front of a record 63,811 supporters.
This will be Chelsea’s final game in the United States pre-season tour and they will be hoping to end it on a bang.
Raheem Sterling played his first game for the Blues against Charlotte FC and fans and see the other new boy Kalidou Koulibaly against Arsenal
Arsenal, who have also added some much-needed depth to their team, will be a much harder test for Tuchel’s team.
The Gunners have scored 15 goals in their four warm-up matches so far this summer, while the Blues have only played twice this month, following up a victory over Club America with a defeat on penalties to Charlotte FC.
Arsenal maintained their 100% record in pre-season when they claimed a 3-1 victory against MLS outfit Orlando City on Thursday.