Futbol, not football, was played at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday night in the in the Guinness Internationals Champions Cup. And though both Chelsea and Inter Milan wore blue and white, similar to the Colts, the squads put on a show for the fans in Indianapolis that they aren’t used to seeing in these parts.
The beautiful game they call it, and even though Thursday’s match is the equivalent of a preseason tournament for both European squads, they play lived up to the hype in front of 41,983 soccer supporters.
Chelsea came out quick early and often, and it was apparent from the start that Inter Milan could not handle their form of attack-mode. This opened up things early for the Blues, who thanks to a great full-field sprint pass all of Inter Milan’s defenders, was able to find Oscar (one name) practically wide-open for an opportunity he couldn’t miss at the ’13 minute mark.
The Blues continued to keep pressure on Inter Milan, and thanks to a bad call from the referees that allowed Eden Hazard a penalty kick at ’29, Chelsea was able to go up 2-0 as the majority of the crowd rooted on their favorite European team.
The second half seemed to lack the intensity of the first half, mostly due to substitutions and the fact this is after all an exhibition, but overall the contest itself should be considered a success for the city of Indianapolis. This notion was even recognized from those who partook in the event.
“After many years of futbol, I have to say that is one of the most beautiful venues that I’ve ever been too,” said Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho.
“It was fantastic, it was amazing. The stadium is where you are on the bench, and you look to the game, but at the same time you look around because it is beautiful. The pitch was not the best, and we understand that, because it is not a soccer stadium. But the stadium was fantastic and I see people enjoyed it. There was a lot of blue, and it is important for Chelsea to feel what we are feeling.”
Just as Mourinho had positive feelings about the stadium, the players did as well for the fans.
“There were a lot of fans, a lot of Chelsea fans in front of the hotel and in the stadium,” said Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku.
“The club is still growing and we want to thank them for the support and such throughout the game. Hopefully we performed well so we can have more fans throughout the world.”
Through a translator Inter Milan’s manager Walter Mazzarri also stated how supportive the fans were, and that the squad had nothing but positive thoughts about their tour in the city of Indianapolis.