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Chelsea Reserves 0 Uzbekistan U20's 1


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Chelsea's reserves were defeated 1-0 by the Uzbekistan Under 20 national side at Cobham on Friday. The second string, who were coached on the day by Adie Viveash, created a host of good opportunities but were unable to break through a well organised visiting defence.

Academy manager Neil Bath was watching the game, and believed the young Blues could have come away with a more positive result against a side that will compete at the Under 20 World Cup next month in Egypt, placed in the group stages alongside England.

'It was a close game and we probably had more chances than them but obviously they took their chance,' he said.

'At times we struggled with their movement and rotation, but as the game went on we started to open them up a bit more and created our own chances. In particular Michael Woods had a one-on-one that he will feel he should have done better on.

'We got ourselves into good positions but we were offside on too many occasions.

They were very well organised and we released the ball a little late, the front players needed to be a little more patience to create chances.'

The game was played on a day when two reserve team midfielders, Jacob Mellis and Liam Bridcutt, completed loan moves to Football League sides, but there were two players in the middle of the park for Chelsea that impressed.

'I felt that Jacopo Sala and Jack Cork both had particularly good games, and on another day a draw would have been a fair result,' Bath said.

The game had been organised by Paul Clement before he stepped up to the first team, and further strengthened the relationship between Chelsea and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), with whom we share a commitment to grass roots football.

Uzbekistan's Server Djeparov, the current Asian Player of the Year, still has the option to come to Cobham to train for one month as part of his award resulting from the partnership between the club and the AFC.

The attacking midfielder plays for the Bunyodkor club, which is now coached by former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Chelsea team v Uzbekistan Under 20s (4-4-2 diamond): Rhys Taylor(sub Jan Sebek 30 (sub Nic Heimann 60)); Shaun Cummings, Carl Magnay, Jeffrey Bruma, Ben Gordon (sub Nikki Ahamed h-t); Jack Cork ©, Michael Woods, Daniel Philliskirk (sub Gokhan Tore h-t), Jacopo Sala; Fabio Borini, Adam Phillip.

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