LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea beat Barcelona 2-1 in a friendly against the Rakuten Cup on Tuesday morning at Japan's Saitama Stadium as part of their preparations for the start of the new season.
The two sides played in two formations with many basic elements. Chelsea coach Frank Lampard made 10 substitutions during the standoff, and Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde made 11 changes in an attempt to involve the largest number of players on both teams' lists.
Frenchman Antoine Grizman fought his first match against the Catalan team after moving from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros in the penalty clause in his contract. He was joined by Valverde as an outspoken striker in his squad, and newly-promoted American Christian Policic joined Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham scored the first goal in the 34th minute and Ross Barclay boosted England's lead in the 82nd minute, while Ivan Rakitich reduced the lead in the second minute of stoppage time.