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Chelsea v Bayern Munich 11/11/2010

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Half time: Chelsea 1-0 Bayern

After a slow start Chelsea began dominating possession against a very young (average age 17) Bayern side. Plenty of good passing moves from Chelsea, trying things that are almost coming off.

Bayern disciplined in defence but offering little in attack, limited to a couple of not too dangerous long range shots and a free kick late in the first half that led to a Bayern's first corner... by one of those strange quirks, our first corner didn't come till the 45th minute, and with 45:07 on the clock, the ref blew the half time whistle before the corner could be taken.

First real chance came after 20 minutes, set up by Gael Kakuta and Melis but Sala blasted his shot over the bar. Kakuta did well a few minutes later, taking on and beating defenders and putting in a dangerous cross that Sturridge almost got on the end of. Chelsea continued to press without making their goalkeeper work.

35 minutes gone Billy Clifford puts Danny Sturridge through, who then takes the ball round the keeper and slots it into the net.

Well worth the lead. It'll be nice to see Borini come on for the second half. I can only think he's on the bench because he's been injured.

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The first chance of the second half comes in the first minute after the restart. Borini through to Sturridge, good shot well saved. Chelsea pushing for a second goal.

Five minutes later, Kakuta creates a chance for himself, shot on target again well saved by the keeper.

55 minutes Sturridge wins the ball back a couple of yards outside the Bayern area, plays a pin point pass to Borini who passes the ball into the net to make it 2-0.

60 minutes Daniel Sturridge clean through on goal, brought down by a Bayern defender who is then sent off. Arguably Sturridge could have stayed on his feet and gone on to have a shot. Sturridge smashes the resultant free kick well over the bar.

75 minutes, Chelsea go 3-0 up. Van Aanholt whose forward runs have been a feature today, drives into the penalty area and sets up Daniel Sturridge who smashes the ball into the back of the net.

Chelsea take their foot off the gas for the remainder of the game but continue to dominate. Bayern offered little, even before the sending off.

86 minutes Billy Clifford surges into the box and plays the ball through to Fabio Borini who puts the ball into the empty net from close range.

Final score: Chelsea 4-0 Bayern

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I'm not sure what to make of this, especially given all the stories about Bayern being interested in Kakuta.

What was the reason for the match? Something to do with Remembrance Day?

I don't think so. I heard something about this being the first of a series of "prestigious friendlies against continental opposition", with plans for a game against Ajax in the not too distant future.

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I don't think so. I heard something about this being the first of a series of "prestigious friendlies against continental opposition", with plans for a game against Ajax in the not too distant future.

Ah, ok. I thought they might be having some sort of symbolic friendly with an English team and a German team.

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Borini with two more, and what a team that starting 11 could develop into.

How was Tore? I see he was replaced, but he's always looked lively when I've seen him play. Hopefully Esk will have it up on his Youtube channel soon

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Tore looked pretty good, taking on and beating defenders, involved in passing movements, one-twos and so on. I think the plan was always to bring Borini on at half time, bearing in mind that he'd been out injured for a few weeks.

Bayern really did offer nothing in attack though. Ross Turnbull had incredibly little to do all game, not a single save to make. This is the match report from the official site:


A strong Chelsea reserve side impressed as it secured a comfortable victory in a prestigious friendly match at Cobham.

Daniel Sturridge netted twice and Fabio Borini who played the second half also scored twice as first-team squad players Ross Turnbull, Jeffrey Bruma, Patrick van Aanholt and Josh McEachran were given important match practice.

Last season's Champions League finalist have a renowned academy and sent over a team with many youth internationals for the game specially arranged to give young players experience of foreign opposition football. Bayern were reduced to 10 men after an hour of the game,

In blustery conditions at the start of the game, Sturrridge turned sharply and threatened to send Gael Kakuta through on goal but the pass was too strong, and then Turnbull saved a near-post shot from Dennis Chessa.

The best move of the game so far, on 19 minutes, ended with Jacopo Sala firing an ambitious volley over after Jacob Mellis had crossed from the left.

When Kakuta whipped a low cross in from the same flank four minutes later, Sturridge was promisingly placed at the near post but couldn't make contact as he slid in.

McEachran, playing deep, was prompting his team forward with balls to the more advanced Mellis but the search went on for ways to penetrate the Bayern defences.

The Blues did have a strike on target after advanced left-back Van Aanholt exchanged passes with Sturridge on the edge of the area but it was straight at the keeper.

The opening goal, that had been preceded by a long period of Chelsea dominant in possession, owed much to the awareness of right-back Billy Clifford who intercepted on halfway and then played forward a pass that allowed Sturridge to beat the offside flag. The England Under 21 international side-stepped the keeper for an expert striker's finish (pictured top). There were 10 minutes to go until the break.

Two minutes into the second half Sturridge turned centre-back Fjoluson who was marking him inside the Chelsea half and raced in on goal, only to shoot at the keeper. Kakuta then did similarly after cutting into space from the right, the Frenchman switching wings twice during the game.

The second goal came 10 minutes into the second period and originated from a fatal hesitation by the Bayern defence that allowed Sturridge the ball. He played it to unmarked Borini who needed no second invitation to beat Bortel.

The rain was now hammering down and Bayern's afternoon was about to become even greyer when Fjoluson was shown a red card for a last-man foul on Sturridge who had been sent through by Mellis's best pass of the game.

The conditions played a part in preventing a Chelsea third after Van Aanholt's well-struck shot on the counter-attack slipped under Bortel but stopped on the soggy turf before crossing the line. Sala knew he was offside as he tapped it in.

Van Aanholt was yellow carded for a sliding challenge before Sturridge's second goal which was the product of another of his razor-sharp turns. Receiving the ball on the edge of the box, he spun and struck the ball low into the far corner with 15 minutes remaining.

Kakuta teased a ball into towards Sala as the quest went on for a fourth but it squirmed free.

Three minutes from time Borini matched Sturridge's tally when he was in the right place to tap in after Clifford had wormed his way through and had a shot parried.

'The game was very worthwhile for more than one reason,' reported reserve team manager Steve Holland.

'Some of the first team fringe players have got a very important 90 minutes of high quality football under their belts and it has been a very positive experience for all our players, right from Daniel Sturridge who is our most senior player down to 15-year-old Nathaniel Chalobah.

'The more experience they can get against potential Champions League opposition and European playing styles, the more it will help them hopefully break through here at Chelsea.

'Tactically Bayern played with a midfield diamond which we don't face very often and they had a lot of control of the ball in the first half without being particularly dangerous, and they pressed us quite a lot high up the pitch. They had some talented players for sure. It was only really in the second half that we managed to get a firm grip on the game.'

Chelsea (4-3-3): Ross Turnbull; Billy Clifford, Jeffrey Bruma, Nathaniel Chalobah, Patrick van Aanholt; Jacopo Sala, Josh McEachran, Jacob Mellis; Gael Kakuta, Daniel Sturridge ©, Gokhan Tore (Fabio Borini h-t).

Bayern (4-1-2-1-2): Henning Bortel; Dominik Traunmuller (Marcel Thomas 12), Cuneyt Koz, Jon Fjoluson, Florian Pflugler; Emre Can; Fabian Hurzeler Felix Stemmer 58), Rico Strieder; Dejan Janjatovic (Maxi Rothenbucher h-t); Florin Friesenbichler (Lukas Grill 62), Dennis Chessa.


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