International Champions Cup: Three things we learned from Chelsea’s loss to New York Red Bulls

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HARRISON, N.J. — Tonight’s International Champions Cup match between Chelsea and New York Red Bulls pitted the defending Premier League champions against a team of kids getting their chance on the big stage.

The kids got the last laugh.

[ RECAP: New York Red Bulls 4-2 Chelsea ]

Trailing 1-0 at the break, the Red Bulls scored four times in the second half to stun Chelsea in the Blues’ first game of their preseason summer tour. It was just a friendly, but considering Chelsea only gave up four or more goals once in the Premier League last season, this was not a good start to their 2015-16 campaign.

So what did we learn at Red Bull Arena?

THE STRIKER POSITION COULD STILL BE AN ISSUE

Diego Costa played the second half for Chelsea, and while he didn’t score, he looked dangerous and had a few really good chances. There’s no debate that Costa is one of the top strikers in the Premier League. The question is, if Costa goes down injured or finds himself suspended, who can fill the void?

Loic Remy started the match and despite scoring a goal, he had a relatively poor 45 minutes. He took too many touches around the box and often got the ball stuck in his feet before having it stolen by a Red Bulls defender. A striker that has plenty of top-flight experience and has played in a World Cup for France, Remy lacked the pace to get in behind a defense made up of no-name youngsters. It may just be the first match of the preseason, but can Blues’ supporters really count on Remy to handle a big work-load should Costa be unavailable?

Radamel Falcao is Chelsea’s other option at striker, but was given a rest tonight after playing for Colombia in the Copa America tournament. Jose Mourinho is hoping Falcao will find his form at Stamford Bridge, but after his disappointing loan-spell at Manchester United last season, Falcao is far from a sure-thing.

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Victor Moses has spent the past two seasons away on loan.

VICTOR MOSES WANTS TO BE A BLUE

Victor Moses came to Chelsea from Wigan in 2012, and after making 23 Premier League appearances in his first season at Stamford Bridge, he has yet to play another league game for the Blues.

Moses spent the past two seasons on loan at Liverpool and Stoke City, and his name has been floated around this summer for another possible loan move as well. However, he got the start tonight for Chelsea and was arguably their best player in the first half.

The Nigerian international is very versatile, but played today in his preferred winger role. He used his speed to breeze past the Red Bulls defense and nearly scored on a clever chip, but was rejected by the post. He showed confidence on the ball, and moved well without it. After the match, Mourinho said Moses has “had an evolution over the past couple years,” and I would expect him to stay at Chelsea this season.

DON’T EXPECT TO SEE CHELSEA’S YOUNGSTERS IN THE PL

After Chelsea won the Premier League last season, many thought the 2015-16 season could see an influx of youth players into Mourinho’s squad, as the Blues have been stockpiling top talent over the past few years. While a few of those young stars are in the preseason team and saw minutes tonight, don’t expect to see see them lining up in England.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek saw some minutes towards the end of the Premier League campaign last season, but after the match today, Mourinho said the 19-year-old is far from ready to play with Chelsea full-time. 18-year-old Ola Aina played the second half tonight on the back line, but if Mourinho is going to be playing a young defender, his name will probably be John Stones.

The most impressive youngster today for Chelsea was Bertrand Traore, a 19-year-old from Burkina Faso. Traore started up top and showed great pace both on and off the ball. He spent last season at loan at Dutch-side Vitesse, but still needs a bit of time to develop his raw skill-set.

Champions League wrap: PSV strikes late to win thriller (video)

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Five first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round are in the books, including a thrilling back-and-forth with a show-stopping stoppage time winner.

[ MORE: Rodgers talks down Maguire sale ]


PSV Eindhoven 3-2 FC Basel

Bruma scored a debut opener for the Dutch hosts, who fell behind 2-1 in the 79th minute before Sam Lammers and Donyell Malen struck in the 89th minute and second minute of stoppage, respectively, to put PSV ahead.

Basel will be okay taken two away goals home via Albian Aljeti and Omar Alderete.

Lammers came in for Mexican star Hirving Lozano in the 79th minute to score the leveler within 10 minutes before Malen, who went the full 90, kept his focus to deliver this clever winner.

The New Saints 0-2 Copenhagen

Pieros Sotiriou and Robert Skov scored on either side of halftime to give the Danish powers a healthy advantage heading into the second leg.

Elsewhere
FK Sutjeska 0-1 APOEL Nicosia
Saburtalo 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Olympiacos

Wednesday
BATE Borisov v. Rosenborg — 1 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta — 2 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK — 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK Helsinki — 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag — 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju — 2:45 p.m. ET

Rodgers says no close bids for Maguire

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Those tired of seeing Harry Maguire‘s name in the headlines, hoping his transfer saga had concluded with weekend reports that Manchester United agreed to a fee with Leicester City, well, they are going to be sorely disappointed.

[ MORE: Who is Newcastle’s new $50M forward? ]

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers credited Maguire for his professionalism — the center back scored in a friendly win on Tuesday — and said that the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha has not received a fitting bid for the 26 year old’s services.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“There’s no big pressure to sell any player. If a player does leave Leicester City, then the player would need to be met because we have a top-level player, coveted by top-level clubs and I respect that,” Rodgers said. “Harry is on a long contract here and there’s been no valuation or near to that which would make Top have a look.”

Nooooooooooo.

Look, we’ve still got a few weeks until the close of the window, and every supporter has a target they want their club to acquire and some have some assets they hope stay in the same shirt at the deadline.

The Maguire story is getting a bit tedious now. He wants to go to Manchester United, but Rodgers is happy to keep him at Leicester. Maguire’s not the player who will quit on the club if he’s not sold, and Leicester’s hope of landing a replacement will dip as the deadline draws nearer and clubs like Burnley (James Tarkowski) realize their replacements options have been lessened by the wait.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

[ MORE: Rich new deal for Hudson-Odoi ]

The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.

Transfer gossip: Newcastle eyes 2nd Brazilian, USMNT’s Arriola on move

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Two players from the Western hemisphere may be heading across the Atlantic, one of whom is very familiar to American eyes.

[ MORE: Rich new deal for Hudson-Odoi ]

DC United winger Paul Arriola could be leaving Major League Soccer in a return to Liga MX or a move abroad to Europe.

CBS’ Roger Gonzalez says some of the big boys in Mexico are after the former LA Galaxy youth product who got his start at Club Tijuana.

Arriola, 24, has 28 caps with five goals and five assists for the USMNT, blooded by Jurgen Klinsmann in 2016. He has 12 goals and 10 assists in 57 matches for DC United since arriving from Tijuana.

[ MORE: Who is Newcastle’s new $50M forward? ]

Next up: Newcastle United may be in for another Brazilian attacker.

Marrony is the name, and Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol says the Magpies were alerted to his potential by the same source who claimed they were after Joelinton (who signed today after a $50 million deal).

The 20-year-old has a reported $37 million release clause, a left winger has a goal and an assist in two seasons with Vasco da Gama in Brazil. He also scored five times in 15 appearances for the club in the state league.

It feels a bit like a red herring or straight-up agent speak, but the Joelinton deal seemed unusual as well (albeit in a different way).