Lukaku runs riot as Blues win at a canter,Chelsea 8 Indonesia All-Stars 1
Chelsea completed their Asian Tour with a blaze of goals and Jose Mourinho will fly home satisfied with the early signs, particularly the attitude and promise shown by some of his young players.
Romelu Lukaku has proved his goal touch has survived the summer with four goals in 135 minutes of football and trialist Bertrand Traore promises to be a midfield gem if he can be untangled from the red tape which is delaying his move.
Kevin De Bruyne impressed in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur and in Jakarta Nathaniel Chalobah was among those who caught the eye.
The only concern will be the lingering Achilles injury which has prevented Frank Lampard from playing in any of the games here but there have been many more signs of encouragement.
Mourinho has already told Chalobah he will spend the coming season out on loan but here was a stylish and mature 45-minute display from the teenager which will do one of two things.
It will prompt a hasty rethink from Mourinho or set the phone alive with interest from Barclays Premier League clubs in the market for a holding midfielder, who can also play in central defence.
Considering the low quality opposition supplied by the Indonesian All-Stars and Mourinho’s unwavering faith in his own mind, it will probably be the latter and it will be interesting to see how Chalobah develops in the Premier League after an excellent year at Watford.
In Jakarta, he anchored a three-man midfield, flanked by Ramires and Marco van Ginkel in a 4-3-3 formation slightly different to the 4-2-3-1 system Chelsea adopted for the previous friendlies on this Asian Tour.
Chalobah looked comfortable, holding in the right areas, passing well with either foot over long or short ranges. He also hit the foot of the post with a well-controlled low curling left-footer, when the score was only 1-0.
He is glides over the ground, too. As Mourinho said, he looks like a Chelsea player in the making, but no-one should not lose sight of the indisputable fact that the Indonesian All-Stars possess very little star quality.
They were by some distance the weakest of the three teams Chelsea have played in this part of the world and it was played in a slightly surreal atmosphere of frenzied fans, who backed the Blues with incredible noise and passion, and yet they found a little extra volume when the home team made it anywhere near goal.
This they rarely did. They did score, late in the game, thanks to an own goal by Chelsea’s Tomas Kalas. Arsenal scored seven against the All Stars when they called here and, while Liverpool could only manage two, Chelsea were four up at half-time without playing fluently.
Eden Hazard opened the scoring, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way from a penalty which was impossible to dispute after a double-team attack on John Terry by Ferdinand Sinaga and Hamka Hamsah.
Chalobah and Wallace both hit the frame of the goal before Ramires scored the second with a shot on the turn, after a pass from Ryan Bertrand.
Demba Ba grabbed the third, a welcome strike for him, after Meiga had spilled a shot from Ramires and Terry made it 4-0 before half-time with a header, after Gary Cahill had flicked on a free-kick by Bertrand.
The fifth came from the 17-year-old, Traore, who Chelsea have been trying to keep under the radar but this was his second sweetly-taken goal of the tour, having scored the opener in Kuala Lumpur, and he has not looked at all out of place.
Traore is a full international for Burkina Faso but cannot sign a professional contract at Chelsea because he only has a student visa but they hope to sign him when he is 18 in September.
Lukaku scored the sixth with a header and the eighth with his right foot either side of another from Ramires.
The All Stars pulled one back when Kalas deflected a low cross from Greg Nwokolo into his own net but there would be no comeback.
Chelsea’s next fixture against Inter Milan in the USA may prove a little more testing.