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Good sixty minutes by Sturridge last night looked head and shoulders above the other 21 on the field.

A 2-0 victory after an hour's total dominance is perhaps a poor return. One or two players back after loan spells looked to be feeling their way back into the Chelsea way of playing. Jack Cork played ok, van Aanhol likewise but needs to play more in the diamond. Besides Sturridge both Matic and Connor Clifford had good games. Connor is coming on in leaps and bounds. Kakuta had a strange night seemed off most of the game and then hit a cracking goal from outside the box.

One thing that struck me was a lot of are youngsters are very small, Billy Clifford, Liam Bridcutt, Connor Clifford, but one who appears "chunky" is Gokhan Tore and he looks a handy prospect.

It must be said Carlo and Wilkins were watching yet again I think Carlo has seen more reserve/youth games than our last 5 managers put together, it must be a real encouragement for the youngsters.

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Sturridge certainly was head & shoulders above the rest last night Tim.

As you say, Kakuta had a strange night. Wasn't involved for large parts and I thought he'd gone off at one point and then he goes and scores a corker.

Shame Tore was only given 15 minutes. The lad looks quality. Quick, skillful and very strong with it.

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Can you please go and tell the 'replacement for Essien' thread where Matic was playing and how well he played in the position, it seems they have overlooked Matic in the discussion.

Matic looks a good future prospect but there is no way he is ready or capable of filling Essien's boots right now. Last night he did okay but at one point in the first half he placed a very careless pass acoss our own box that was latched onto by a Wlves player and should have been a goal.

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Matic looks a good future prospect but there is no way he is ready or capable of filling Essien's boots right now. Last night he did okay but at one point in the first half he placed a very careless pass acoss our own box that was latched onto by a Wlves player and should have been a goal.

Bit like the last minute against Barca when a certain Mr Essien carelessly lost the ball which led to the goal which put us out?

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Good sixty minutes by Sturridge last night looked head and shoulders above the other 21 on the field.

A 2-0 victory after an hour's total dominance is perhaps a poor return. One or two players back after loan spells looked to be feeling their way back into the Chelsea way of playing. Jack Cork played ok, van Aanhol likewise but needs to play more in the diamond. Besides Sturridge both Matic and Connor Clifford had good games. Connor is coming on in leaps and bounds. Kakuta had a strange night seemed off most of the game and then hit a cracking goal from outside the box.

One thing that struck me was a lot of are youngsters are very small, Billy Clifford, Liam Bridcutt, Connor Clifford, but one who appears "chunky" is Gokhan Tore and he looks a handy prospect.

It must be said Carlo and Wilkins were watching yet again I think Carlo has seen more reserve/youth games than our last 5 managers put together, it must be a real encouragement for the youngsters.

First off I like your avatar Tim W. One of my favourite tennis players, even though she is not doing well at the moment. Getting back to the topic at hand good win for the reserves last night. I was keeping up to date on it through Twitter. In response to your comment in bold it is a good sign that the manager was there. Hopfully either next season or the one afterwards a couple of these players will be regular starters for Chelsea. We need to start building a squad for the next five to six seasons.

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Matic looks a good future prospect but there is no way he is ready or capable of filling Essien's boots right now. Last night he did okay but at one point in the first half he placed a very careless pass acoss our own box that was latched onto by a Wlves player and should have been a goal.

I didnt say he was ready now.

This is what I said...

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Bit like the last minute against Barca when a certain Mr Essien carelessly lost the ball which led to the goal which put us out?

Think you're wrong there Geez.

As you can see, Essien never had the ball.

I still think Ballack coulda made a better effort in closing down Iniesta though.

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No it was definately Essien who played the poor clearance to Messi who then passed to Iniesta who then scored a great goal.

I just remembered thinking at the time (had to call in sick so I could stay home and watch heehe) that if any one could be forgiven for that error that game, it was the guy who gave us the wonder goal in the first half.

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It'll be interesting to see how much Kakuta features for the rest of the season. Clearly Carlo is watching him, but after the promising couple of first team cameos he's been back with the ressies for the last few weeks and seems to have flitted in and out of form? (is that fair to say those who have watched the games in full?)

Not that I have any problem with him being removed from the spotlight, mind you, as his development does have to be managed very carefully, but I hope there's a regular dialogue between player and manager to assure him he is very much one for our (hopefully near) future.

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No it was definately Essien who played the poor clearance to Messi who then passed to Iniesta who then scored a great goal.

I just remembered thinking at the time (had to call in sick so I could stay home and watch heehe) that if any one could be forgiven for that error that game, it was the guy who gave us the wonder goal in the first half.

With respect, you've obviously not been to Specsavers.

Essien never, at any point, had control of that ball. Have a look at the clip above!

He was stretching to try and reach it and got a toe on it at most.

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He never had the ball....but I think he would be dissapointed that he didn't get some more boot on it...but he was running at it, the ball went past, and he did his best to stop it, unfortunately, it wasn't a good touch.

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Oh I know he didnt have possesion of the ball, but he certainly could of cleared it...he scuffed what should of been a good clearance out of bounds at the least. 95 out of 100 times in that situation Essien will have that ball in row Z, just the fatigue and pressures of a CL semi final leg I have to assume.

If you'll notice the ball almost completely stops until Essien tries to clear it, at which point it gains significant momentum right into the feet of Messi.

As stated, I dont begrudge him for it, but I can assure you he probably still has sleepless nights over it....I would! I was pissed off for a month after that match! (anger directed to Overbo, and a lil testy with Drogba for not making any of his chances count)

And what is specsavers? You're right, Ive never been :)

Edit: Just read my first post, I can see how you think I was calling Essien out for a big possesion error. I worded my intent poorly.

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Bit like the last minute against Barca when a certain Mr Essien carelessly lost the ball which led to the goal which put us out?

No, nothing like that. It was a lot more careless than that.

But not having a go at the lad - he's young and learning and looks a very decent prospect. I'm just saying bring him on like we have been doing some of the youngsters - let's not start considering him as a first team regular for some time (not that Coco was suggesting that).

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Think you're wrong there Geez.

As you can see, Essien never had the ball.

I still think Ballack coulda made a better effort in closing down Iniesta though.

Watch it again Just and spot the Chelsea player totally missing the ball instead of booting it into row Z and tell me who that is. Agree he didn't actually have the ball but the point is he should have. And we would have gone on to win. And we would have won the trophy. And godammit you've started me off again. Where is the number of my psychiatrist?

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Tore has looked great, and the interviews i have read he seems very confident in his abilities. He does look stocky, bt has great pace, skill, and loves to take on Full backs. I'm suprised we've not seen him skirting with teh 1st team yet

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