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A depleted Chelsea youth team was soundly beaten by a strong Leicester side at Cobham on Saturday afternoon. Despite creating their fair share of chances, the young Chelsea side were unable to find a breakthrough against the more physical, direct visitors.

Going behind to an early goal did not help the cause, as a long ball up field was not dealt with, the Leicester forward outpacing makeshift right-back Jacopo Sala and curling beyond goalkeeper Sam Walker.

Chelsea responded by playing football, Conor Clifford, Daniel Philliskirk and Tom Taiwo making a tidy midfield three, while Milan Lalkovic delivered a string of dangerous crosses from his right-wing position, creating chances that were not taken.

A second Leicester goal just before half-time was fortuitous to say the least, Lalkovic's sliced clearance falling to a forward who made no mistake with his unlikely chance.

It was a big blow for the Blues, who replaced Taiwo with Portuguese youth international Aliu 'Kaby' Djalo (pictured) at half-time. It was his colleague in the centre Philliskirk though who had the best chance to pull a goal back early on.

One on one with the Leicester keeper, he took too long deciding how best to finish allowing the angle to be narrowed and the save to be made.

Leicester's final goal was another ball over the top, centre-halves Tom Hayden and Ben Gordon, both more comfortable at full-back, were outpaced and the ball despatched past Walker.

It was simple stuff, but coach Dermot Drummy believes the experience was an important one for his players.

'They played a very strong side, their full FA Youth Cup side. We gave away an early goal which didn't help, and then missed a number of chances,' he analysed.

'It was disappointing but we were against a strong side that will probably win their league, a very direct, physical side and they deserved the victory.

WIth Ben Gordon and Tom Hayden at centre-half, with Rohan Ince out with a knee injury, they found it difficult to adapt. Sometimes with two full-backs playing there and Sala playing at right back, you are found wanting against a very forceful side, who do what they do very well.'

There remains just one league fixture left for the Academy, a trip to Watford this coming Saturday morning, with a 10.30am kick-off.

Chelsea team v Leicester (4-3-3): Sam Walker; Jacopo Sala, Tom Hayden, Ben Gordon, Nikki Ahamed; Conor Clifford, Tom Taiwo (sub Aliu Djalo h-t), Daniel Philliskirk; Milan Lalkovic, Adam Phillip, Gokhan Tore.

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