Chelsea didn't win the UEFA Super Cup, but it will have a lot to fell good about.
Three days after losing at Manchester United, 4-0, the Blues faced another Premier League rival,
Liverpool, in the annual UEFA curtain-raiser played this year in Istanbul, and took the Reds to a shootout after a 2-2 tie, losing 5-4 when 21-year-old Tammy Abraham's shot on the 10th attempt
was saved by Liverpool Adrian, filling in for injured Allison.
Chelsea didn't play as badly against Manchester United as the 4-0 score would indicate and were boosted for
the Super Cup by the return of French World Cup champions N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud and the first start for 20-year-old American Christian Pulisic.
excellent in the first half, setting up Giroud for the opening goal in the 36th minute with a precise pass that cut out four Liverpool defenders. Pulisic scored later in the first half but the goal
was nullified for offside. Pulisic was quieter in the second half and came off in the 74th minute for 20-year-old Englishman Mason Mount.
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard said he was very pleased with Pulisic's
"Let's not forget Pulisic is 20 -- he goes and gets an assist and will only get better," Lampard said. "He has to get used to teams like Liverpool and how they play."
Chelsea went down in overtime on a goal by Sadio Mane but quickly answered when Abraham was taken down for a penalty kick converted by Brazilian Jorginho.
nothing but pride in the team and the performance, and confidence in what that means," added Lampard. "After Sunday, tonight was another level, and we were unlucky not to win. We've got three games
now till the international break and we'll try to win them all."
Pulisic will be expected to make his debut at Stamford Bridge on Sunday against Leicester City.