Wycombe vs Chelsea match report: Blues look to youngsters to shine in 5-0 pre-season win, but old stager John Terry gets in on the act
Terry managed to get on the scoresheet but it was the academy players that took centre stage as Izzy Brown netted a brace
Chelsea cruised to a comfortable 5-0 victory over League Two side Wycombe in what was a glimpse of the future as a youthful Blues side began their pre-season schedule, though veteran defender John Terry came off the bench to get himself on the score-sheet.
With Jose Mourinho looking on from the dugout, a young side including the likes of Nathan Ake, Andreas Christiansen, Patrick Bamford and Nathaniel Chalobah took some time to find their feet, showing clear signs of a summer’s rest as the squad looked to get their match sharpness back.
It was Bamford, who impressed last season on a loan spell with Derby County, that opened the scoring when he swept the ball home from 12 yards after getting on the end of Ake’s cross from the left.
The celebrations soon turned to concern for Mourinho though as defender Todd Kane was forced off with a groin injury, meaning 19-year-old Kurt Zouma was brought on in his place for his first appearance since joining the club in January for £12m.
The score remained 1-0 until the break, when Mourinho made a host of changes as he introduced Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah for a second-half run-out.
However, it was one of Chelsea’s promising young players who made his impact felt, as Izzy Brown doubled the lead after he finished from close range following a cross from 16-year-old Jay Dasilva.
It was then the old guards turn to get involved as Terry took advantage of some slack defending to head in Jeremie Boga’s corner, and Ivanovic made it four when he headed in a free-kick – again delivered by Boga.
It was left to Brown to add his second – and the best goal – of the night as he sent a curling effort beyond the reach of goalkeeper Matt Ingram to round out the scoring.
Chelsea face AFC Wimbledon on Saturday before embarking on their pre-season tour of Austria where they will face RZ Pellets, NK Olimpija Ljubljana and Vitesse Arnhem.
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