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The reserves have selected a youthful line-up for the last game of the season tonight, which will be broadcast live on Chelsea TV. Ricardo Quaresma joins a young squad as the only first team player, while Jacob Mellis (pictured), who found himself on the bench against Everton last Wednesday, starts in midfield against Tottenham.

Sam Hutchinson begins tonight's game in defence, continuing his return from a knee injury and following on from a 45 minute appearance against West Bromwich Albion last week.

For the final game of the season, the reserves have selected several Academy stars including first year Conor Clifford, who joins Adam Phillip, Ben Gordon and Niclas Heimann on the bench.

Jan Sebek finds himself between the posts, the 18-year-old's third reserve start, and Quaresma is part of the line-up, with Frank Nouble and Fabio Borini likely to be in the strike force while Daniel Philliskirk and Jacopo Sala are expected to sit behind in midfield.

Our opponents tonight are a side who completed a 4-0 home win in our last meeting. That night Spurs lined-up an extremely experienced side, with five first team regulars including David Bentley, Tom Huddlestone, Gareth Bale, Pascal Chimbonda and Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Despite the big names in that game, the most impressive performance came from youngster Frasier Campbell, who found the net once in both halves, adding to a Chimbonda opener and a Huddlestone freekick, Tottenham's third goal of the night.

The Chelsea team tonight is:

Jan Sebek; Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Jeffrey Bruma, Sam Hutchinson, Patrick van Aanholt; Daniel Philliskirk, Jacob Mellis, Jacopo Sala; Frank Nouble, Fabio Borini, Ricardo Quaresma.

Subs: Fabio Ferreira, Niclas Heimann, Ben Gordon, Conor Clifford, Adam Phillip.

Tonight's match is at Brentford's Griffin Park with a 7pm kick off. Admission is £5 for adults, £3 for juniors and senior citizens and free for all season ticket holders.

The game will be broadcast live as part of Chelsea TV's Monday Night Live programme, which includes pre and post-match analysis with Jason Cundy.

There'll be reaction from Guus Hiddink, Salomon Kalou and Petr Cech following Saturday's win over West Ham and exclusive interviews with Chelsea legends Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke.

On top of that, the club's official television channel with have all the latest news from Barcelona as the squad arrive in Spain ahead of tomorrow's Champions League clash.

Source: Chelsea FC

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It may be a young side but it is also the best balanced squad we have put out for a long time. I like the look of this side and am very interested to see what they can produce. A lot will depend on the team Tottenham put out, because last time they fielded almost a first team.

The back 5 looks solid, Sebek has looked impressive in his few outings this season, good to see Nana and Van Aanholt back in the full back slots. And Hutchinson and Bruma should be a ver nice partnership.

Midfield is probably the weakest, Philliskirk will play the holding role, not the most natural for him but he can play it well enough. Sala is more naturally a winger but can do a good job in the middle. And then Jacob Mellis will be looking to show why he was on the first team bench.

Nouble, Borini and Quaresma all have goals in them, not too sure which one of Nouble and Borini will play the centre forward role but they can play around with that.

Hopefully the Reseves and get a long overdue win in the last game of the season.

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GOAL - Chelsea. No luck as Caulker slid in to block Sala's cross from the right but deflected it into his own net, Alnwick stranded. :lol:Chelsea 2, Spurs 0

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It was a dish best served cold this evening as Chelsea reserves built on a previous away defeat, thumping Tottenham 3-0 at Griffin Park. A double from Fabio Borini (pictured) added to a Steven Caulker own-goal as the Blues outclassed the north London outfit throughout.

The last time these two teams met it finished 4-0 in Tottenham's favour, but tonight Spurs failed to recapture that performance as Chelsea dominated.

Sam Hutchinson started in defence after recently recovering from a knee injury; although it seemed to be causing problems once more as the defender looked to be in pain during periods of the game.

Behind Hutchinson was the 18-year-old Czech goalkeeper Jan Sebek, who completed his third reserve appearance. Ricardo Quaresma was the only Blue with significant first team experience while Ricardo Rocha and Gilberto started for Spurs in front of goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.

Tottenham were the first to apply pressure within two minutes of kick off when a corner flew over the box and out of danger, but Chelsea were quick to retaliate, sending two crosses into Spurs' area. Unfortunately there was no one to receive the balls.

With quarter-of-an-hour gone, Gilberto had shot wide for Spurs before sending a cross into Takura Mtandari, who headed over. But it was Quaresma who had the greatest of chances in the first period of play, forcing Alnwick into a diving save as he smashed a curling shot from 20 yards out.

The closest Tottenham came to goal was when Jacques Maghoma split the Blues' defence by sending a ball bouncing into Sebek's arms from the edge of the box.

Chelsea would soon be in the lead as Quaresma's experience proved vital. Dancing his way down the right flank, the Portuguese man landed a ball on Borini's head at the far post and the Italian calmly nodded home with 28 minutes played.

As the first half drew to a close, Borini came close again. Quaresma sent a cross curling towards the forward, who was once again waiting at the post. This time though his header flew inches over the bar.

Chelsea finished the first half in control and continued where they'd left off in the second and within four minutes of the restart, the lead had doubled.

Borini smashed a shot across the face of goal to awaiting Nouble at the far post, giving Steven Caulker no choice but to attempt a clearance, but instead he knocked the ball into his own net.

Next Mellis was attacking Alnwick's goal, breaking down the centre and smashing a shot into the Tottenham keeper's hands from the edge of the box.

As tempers began to flare, Ricardo Rocha reacted to a Nouble tackle, throwing his arms into the air and receiving a yellow card for his efforts, while Nouble was also shown yellow for the initial foul.

The next card was red as Jake Livermore rashly kicked out at Daniel Philliskirk, who had attempted to control a high ball before being roughly cut to the ground.

With 20 minutes remaining, Hutchinson had earned a rest as he left the pitch for Ben Gordon. The substitute took up the left-back position while Patrick van Aanholt moved into central defence.

Chelsea were now dominating and Borini proved it. Nouble found himself in space on the right and launched a shot goal-ward only for a deflection to land at Borini's feet; he coolly tapped beyond the line for a third.

After that Chelsea seemed to lose a bit of intent and Tottenham failed to provide any real threat to Sebek with the game already won.

As stoppage time was played, Academy first year Conor Clifford came on for Mellis in midfield, giving the aspiring player some experience inside Chelsea's second string.

In the end it was a positive performance from the Blues, who never allowed Tottenham to pressure and comfortably controlled throughout, a perfect ending to the reserves' league season.

Chelsea: Jan Sebek; Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Jeffrey Bruma, Sam Hutchinson (Ben Gordon 70), Patrick van Aanholt; Daniel Philliskirk, Jacob Mellis (Conor Clifford 91), Jacopo Sala; Ricardo Quaresma, Fabio Borini, Frank Nouble.

Tottenham: Ben Alnwick; Adam Smith, Gilberto, Jake Livermore, Ricardo Rocha; Steven Caulker, Takura Mtandari, John Bostock, Jacques Maghoma; Simon Dawkins, Kyle Fraser-Allen.

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Best reserves performance for a long while, and not just because of the win. As i said before the game it was a very nicely balanced team with some young players eager to prove themselves.

Jan Sebek is turning into quite a goalkeeper and fast catching up or even overtaking Rhys Taylor. Sebek has taken a long time to show his real qualities, but stepping into the reserves seems to have made him, he is big strong and confident. Excellant shop stopping and brave on crosses. It helps that he is already as big as Cech but i like the way he is progressing.

The back 4 were, as i would have thought, very strong. Nana is a quality right back, he is great going forward and strong in defence, he is another progressing nicely, even though being played at centre back a lot this season has not done him any favours. Bruma and Hutchinson were a very good partnership, Bruma was as always reliable and strong, reads the game brilliantly. Sam Hutchinson is a mini JT, had horrible injuries this season and even in this game was limping from the first minute but played for almost 90 mins, and never shirked a tackle. Patrick Van Aanholt was again great at left back, possibly player of the season for the reserves as he has been incredibly reliable.

The midfield were better than i thought. Philliskirk worked very hard to break play up and has good vision to pick out a pass. Mellis was playing in a slighly more withdrawn role to allow Sala to move forward and support the attack which he did very well.

Quaresma was outstanding in this game and just goes to emphasise the point that i cannot understand why he is not playing for the first team. Nouble had a good game and worked hard and got some good balls into the box. Borini was on good form, always in the right place, scored 2 very good goals and his cross was deflected in for the other goal.

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