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Juni   

Absolutely certain Bruma's still 15, I remember it at the time we signed him and wondering if he was gonna be in the u16 this season. He is indeed very highly rated, Dutch reports say we're paying him a fair bit of money for a player his age too.

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Karan   

Chelsea Youth in Pre-Season win

http://www.chelseafc.com/page/NewsHomePage...1078389,00.html

'There were first games at Chelsea youth team level for Jacob Mellis, Patrick van Aanholt, Niclas Heimann, Ben Gordon, Daniel Philliskirk and Jeffrey Broomer.'

The youth team are in pre-season action again this coming Saturday when they play Swindon at Cobham, kick-off 11am. They then fly to Malaysia for the Champions Youth Cup with their first game on Wednesday August 8.

The Academy & Reserves players profile pages on the OCFCWS are being currently worked on. Should be updated soon.

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Juni   

Chelsea are again represented at the Northern Ireland Milk Cup next week, although this year they're not in the Premier tournament, but instead in the Juniors, which is a year group down and is eligible to those born 1/1/91 and later, so it'll be the first years who aren't going to Malaysia and some u16s at a guess. No squad information available yet. They play Londonderry on 30/7 and Aspire on 31/7.

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Juni   

Hampton & Richmond FC 1-0 Chelsea Reserves

Chelsea's Reserves went down to new Conference South team Hampton & Richmond FC in a really entertaining game that they should have won, and would have deserved to as well. The game was played in front of over 1000 fans at the Beveree Ground, which is a nice little place, smart and compact and with an absolutely fabulous playing surface, although I was informed that's not usually the case. Even the weather was fine, at least until kickoff, when it began to get windy and fine rain fell for a long period, although that helped the surface.

Hampton took a very early lead, inside two minutes. A high ball 25 yards out saw Harry Worley needlessly pull at his opponent to concede a free kick, but when it was taken, what a lovely goal it was. Up and over the wall and in, Rhys Taylor stranded. It stung Chelsea into action, they went down the other end and for the next 15 minutes bombarded the home goal, but somehow didn't score. Ben Sahar had most of the chances, forcing an excellent save high to the near post, then putting one right at the goalie and a couple more over. Miro Stoch drove one over and then Michael Woods had a gaping goal and managed to miss, although to his credit the shot was slightly blocked. Corner after corner went in but nothing came from them.

The second half was more of the same. Miro Stoch came right into his own against a youthful right back and cut him apart time and again, and used first Bertrand and then van Aanholt on the overlap very successfully. His finishing still leaves much to be desired though. Hampton went close a few times after the break, a long range dipping volley had Taylor scrambling and a neatly worked move forced him into a decent save, but largely he was a spectator as Chelsea kept pressing on.

They did get the ball into the net as Sahar volleyed in Cork's cross, but he had just strayed offside. Younghusband forced a smart stop at the near post, Worley stole around the back from a free kick and missed from close range, and Stoch flashed some more shots wide. At the death it looked like Chelsea might get their goal as Carl Magnay strode through from right back with skill and power to find himself with the goal ahead of him. Naturally, as a centre back would, he seemed to panic and tried to pass to Younghusband in the middle, who was fairly open, but he wasn't expecting it and messed his feet up.

Hampton won and to their credit they were well organised and defended well - a big difference tonight was that they were men against boys and in particular a couple of their players were monsters. Chelsea can take heart from a positive performance with outstanding games from Cork and Pettigrew in particular, with Bertrand, Grant, Stoch, and van Aanholt impressing suitably as well.

Next game is Tuesday 31st July, at the new reserve venue of Griffin Park, Brentford.

Team: Taylor, Cummings (Magnay 45), Worley, Pettigrew, Bertrand (van Aanholt 65), Cork ©, Grant (Bertrand 45), Woods (Younghusband 45), Ferreira, Stoch, Sahar

Subs Not Used: Heimann, Bruma

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Hampton & Richmond FC 1-0 Chelsea Reserves

Thanks for the report Juni, excellent dedication to watch the reserves when the first team are playing!

One thing - was it Bridcutt who came on for Grant at half-time? Otherwise Bertrand would have been playing two positions at once!

Has Grant improved at all after his season loan or can you not see a future for him here? What about Pettigrew and Younghusband?

Any news on how bad Lee Sawyer's injury is?

It would appear that Sahar has not yet made it to Loftus Road. And I must say again that Bruma must be some talent if he's on the bench for the reserves already, ahead of Taiwo, Tejera, Mellis etc.

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Chelsea are again represented at the Northern Ireland Milk Cup next week, although this year they're not in the Premier tournament, but instead in the Juniors, which is a year group down and is eligible to those born 1/1/91 and later, so it'll be the first years who aren't going to Malaysia and some u16s at a guess. No squad information available yet. They play Londonderry on 30/7 and Aspire on 31/7.

That would mean: Sebek, King, Saville, Tabor, Ahmed, Hibbert, Phillip and Philliskirk + u16s

Although another one of our players, Rhys Talyor, will be going to the competition to play in the Elite section for Wales u19. Meaning that our reserve-team 'keeper won't be playing our final reserve friendly and will have to go straight from this competition to Malaysia. I'm surprised he's been released.

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Juni   

Yeah my bad, it was Bridcutt who came on.

Grant looked really good actually, the team missed him in the second half because he was first to most of the 'second' balls from goal kicks and kept play going nicely. Not sure about long term prospects because central midfield is already congested but I can see why he's been given another year - there's something there. Pettigrew played very well too, you can immediately tell he's the most experienced in the team and whether or not Cork has the armband, Pettigrew is the vocal leader, and has more time and patience with the ball than most of the others, which again comes with his experience. It'll do Worley well to play with him and learn from him a bit. Younghusband looked alright, his touch was very good but got lost in the play in attacking midfield a bit and slowed up moves that could've been better.

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Jimmy Smith sustained a rather nasty looking calf injury last night in norwichs match in holland. Dont worry though he should be fine

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Mehrino   
Not sure Sahar would even be allowed in Malaysia, as they have a beef with Israel.

You're probably right about that!

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Juni   

Chelsea 3-0 Swindon

Chelsea continue their winning pre-season in a game that was quite similar to last week's against Malmo, at least in the first half. Swindon pressed a lot but Chelsea were content with the ball, knowing their opponents weren't the greatest threat coming at them. The formation stayed the same - a 4-2-1-3 - but some personnel changed from last week.

Chances came early, as first Mellis broke through and drove over from a wide position, and then Conor Clifford hit the crossbar with a shot from a central position. The goal was surely coming and it did after ten minutes after a wonderful move starting at right back. The ball was played around at the back and over to the left, where Tabor (playing as an attacking left midfielder today) played a lovely little flick at halfway for Ben Gordon to run onto. He drove on and crossed, and Morten Nielsen collected it coming short before hitting a shot that went through the goalie's legs and in.

They were comfortable after that, but still looked to go forward as Swindon put some questionable tackles in, leaving Clifford, Tabor, and others needing attention. Franck Nouble had a goal disallowed close to half time for offside, running onto a sublime pass from Tabor from his own half. Wholesale changes followed at half time with a number of faced I didn't recognise from Chelsea before, and given the lack of communication between them I have to assume some of them were trialists.

That caused a bit of a problem initially, as their play broke down often and there was noticeably less talking. Only Heimann and Saville stayed on, Saville until the 85th minute, and he took over leadership of the team which was impressive for a 16 year old first year. Adam Phillip was Chelsea's main threat in the second half playing out wide on the left and he made it 2-0 with 15 minutes left. Collecting the ball centrally, he dribbled to the edge of the box and then curled a high effort which the Swindon goalie could only palm into the top corner. Nikki Ahmed then hit the bar after spending way too much time on a chance he should've struck first time, before Fabio made it 3-0 with a smartly struck shot from 20 yards, adding to his two goals last week. At the death Swindon had a goal of their own disallowed for offside, one they may have deserved for their efforts, although their tackling and aggressiveness was questionable for such a game.

Team: Heimann, Ofori (subbed), Bruma (subbed, back on), Saville (Tabor), Gordon (King), Hibbert (Taiwo), Clifford (Ahmed), Mellis (Kakuta), Tabor (Phillip), Nouble (Fabio), Nielsen (subbed)

Conor Clifford and Franck Nouble made their first notable appearances, Clifford is a shortish central midfielder who uses the ball fairly well and is tenacious in his style, Nouble I've seen at u16 level before as a striker alongside Phillip, but today he was out on the right, and struggled early against a former Chelsea left back, then did well to come into the play a lot more towards half time. Tabor worked well on the left of the attack because his crossing is really good, and his tandem with Ben Gordon worked well. Saville was brilliant at the back, especially when Bruma went off, and Nielsen seems to have improved a lot since I last saw him, especially his touch. A positive day really.

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