Shrewsbury 1 Chelsea 2: Three talking points

Three talking points as Chelsea's young guns impress in the League Cup

By Dipak Patel

Mourinho has assembled a squad that can challenge on all fronts

Jose Mourinho claimed before the game that his side were “in trouble” due to the amount of injuries his team had suffered. However, the Blues starting line-up still contained talent worth over £100m – and many established internationals. The comparison between both sides were stark as Chelsea had the likes of Oscar and Andre Schurrle, whereas Shrewsbury only had former Republic of Ireland international Liam Lawrence to call upon. It showed in the game as the Blues comprehensively out-classed Shrewsbury despite their best efforts. Kurt Zouma demonstrated he is a defender of immense talent and might be able to fill the void of an ageing John Terry. Mohamed Salah, Willian and Schurrle all showed good chemistry despite their lack of games together. There is a hunger and desire that Mourinho seems to have instilled throughout the entire squad. All of them seem to be keen to impress and competition for places is healthy. If Mourinho can keep the squad united through the season than winning a multitude of trophies seems likely.

Chelsea have some promising young players

Since Roman Abramovich brought the club back in June 2003, Chelsea have blossomed into one of the biggest clubs in world football. They have regularly invested millions of pounds and purchased some of the best players but this has come at the expense of the youth system. Promising players such as Josh McEachran and Gael Kakuta have suffered as a result but this game offered promise for the future. Tonight, we saw Andreas Christensen and Nathan Ake both given starts. Ake demonstrated his talent and seems to be growing in stature with each passing game. Mourinho has been so impressed with Ake that he recently gave him his Champions League debut against Maribor. Christensen also impressed in an attacking sense with his marauding runs and tireless energy. It is a known fact that many fans take great pride in players that come through the academy and they will hope that this game is the start of a promising future.

Town’s performance show they may get promoted this season

Even though they got knocked out of the Capital One Cup, their performance, particularly in the first half showed a lot of promise. Town currently find themselves in fourth position in League Two but if they show the same tenacity and resilience they showed against Chelsea they may find themselves in League One next season. They played with a back three and it worked for most of the game as they stayed compact and didn’t allow any spaces between them for Chelsea’s attacking players to take advantage of. Conor Goldson, Jermaine Grandison and Nathaniel Knight-Percival as a unit showed why they have only conceded 11 goals this season. Also the midfield worked tirelessly in front of them. It will please Manger Micky Mellon as his team carried out his instructions perfectly. It was only an unfortunate own goal by Grandison that lost them the game against a team that is currently dominating in the Premier League.

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