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    Chelsea’s young talent is something to be feared indeed

    Chelsea’s young talent is something to be feared indeed

    Chelsea defeated Malmo 0-1 away from home in the Champions League on a superb night of play.

    The victory gives the defending European champions nine points, and if Juve can beat Zenit later and keep the Russians on three points, they will almost certainly qualify for the round of 16. To qualify for the knockout rounds, the Blues would only need a point from their final two games, one of which is against Zenit.

    While the result wasn’t as convincing as the 4-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge, the performance was nevertheless encouraging given the Blues’ extended injury list. It was memorable in particular because of two outstanding performances by two young products.

    Chelsea’s youth system is one of the best in the country, and their alumni are already lighting up Premier League stadiums outside of Stamford Bridge. Look at Southampton and Crystal Palace, not to mention Milan and AS Roma, who recruited Tomori and Abraham, respectively, as examples of teams who have benefited from the Blues’ generosity.

    However, not all of the Blues’ young players were loaned away, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the mercurial Callum Hudson-Odoi being the most noticeable. These two-barrelled dynamos have failed to live up to their enormous potentials, and while Hudson-Odoi is still young, he was coveted by Bayern Munich as a teenager, and Loftus-Cheek is 25!

    Whatever the cause of their problems, we witnessed against Malmo how both men can make a huge contribution to Chelsea’s campaign, both domestically and, perhaps more importantly, in Europe, as the Blues seek to become the first English team to retain the UCL since Nottingham in 1980.

    Odoi is a dynamic wing presence who has fallen out of favour due to Tuchel’s preference for the 3-4-2-1 system. He had a brief stint at wing-back, although Tuchel clearly preferred James or Azpilicueta in that position.

    Odoi began his career as a left-winger, but despite his dazzling appearance, he was ineffective. Tuchel made a tactical substitution at halftime, as Hudson-Odoi moved to the right.

    Odoi could leap forward to give early service into the box now that he’s on his orthodox side. And 10 minutes into the second half, he accomplished exactly that. After a flick to Kai, he sprints into space, and when Havertz releases him, Odoi doesn’t overcomplicate things as he does on the left, instead of putting in a picture-perfect cross into the box. Ziyech scored with a tap-in after the ball sped across the face of the goal.

    “That is a cross made in heaven,” Hoddle exclaimed of the ball. That is EXACTLY what I was looking for. The last defender and the goalkeeper are both unable to obtain it. It is indeed of the highest caliber. It’s simply saying, ‘Please put me in the back of the net.'” And you’ve got to admit, he was correct. Hudson-goal Odoi’s was the game’s only goal. A crucial contribution from the teenage winger, and a sign that if he plays on his natural right side, he might provide the Blues with some lethal service into the box, particularly when Romelu Lukaku returns.

    While Hudson-Odoi played a role in the outcome, Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the star of the show. Former Chelsea youth and current misfit has never really found his best form in blue, but an injury problem in midfield has given him an opportunity, and based on his performance against Malmo, it’s a chance he’s relishing.

    In Sweden, Loftus-Cheek was outstanding. Before getting to the forwards, all of Chelsea’s best play went via him. The midfielder had the game’s joint-most shots (4) and the second-most chances created (3), one of which could have been a goal for Kai Havertz but for the German’s sloppy finish.

    While he will never be able to match Kanté’s defensive prowess, he can match, if not outperform, Kanté’s ball-carrying ability. Cheek dominated the duels tonight. He accomplished 7/8 take-ons, ripping past Malmo’s midfielders and getting the ball into dangerous places.

    Cheek was outstanding in Malmo, demonstrating that even when everyone is well, this one-time prodigy is still worth starting against more defensive opponents. His skill sets him apart from most midfielders, giving the Blues a significant advantage in that area. And this enormous Chelsea side, with even another advantage, is a force to be reckoned with.

     

     

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    • #27879
      Chichi
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      the chelsea academy is the best in the world right now, i cant lie

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    • #27881
      John Adeleke
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      Chelsea’s young players dominating Europe like no academy never before..you like to see that

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    • #27883
      Bernard
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      Chelsea would be the 1st team to win the UCL back-to-back after Madrid, mark my words people..

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