Goals from Gary Cahill (4') Ryan Bertrand (8') and Juan Mata (17') set the tone for the match. They were followed in the second half by a penalty* from Oriol Romeu (53'), and goals from Torres (58') and Victor Moses (71').
*Can someone please explain to me why a defensive midfielder is taking the penalties and not Torres?!! Doubly so when you realize the fans behind the goal were changing 'Torres, Torres Torres!' when the penalty was awarded.
The game featured full debuts for Lucas Piazon, César Azpilicueta, Victor Moses and Marko Marin, so I guess you could say we played our 2nd string team too. But with an average age of 24 last night, our 'B' team showed that the youthful Chelsea evolution is well and truly underway.
Mata though was the star player today, and seems to be relishing the competition Oscar and Hazard are giving him. He's a wonderful player, who - if he can only add 15-20 goals a season to his repertoire - could really be world class.
Nice to see Terry back too. Stoic as ever, the Chelsea captain ignored the fact that he's knee deep in an FA witch hunt that has forced him to retire from international football, and was his usual unflappable self.
Long live Captain Fantastic!
There's probably not much more to say about this match. Save the fact that the newer players all looked good (against mediocre opposition, but still), and we kept another clean sheet. So roll on the Arsenal game in the league!
Brian M Logan
Edit: just found out that we've drawn Man Utd at home in the forth round of the Captial One / League Cup, so that should be a cracker!