Adi Viveash, coach of the Chelsea U23 side believes that the youngsters have benefitted a lot from playing with the likes of John Terry.
John Terry, Cesc Fabregas, Kurt Zouma, Marco Van Ginkel and goalkeeper Eduardo were part of the Chelsea development squad that won the Southampton’s U23 yesterday, and Viveash believes that game has helped his youngsters.
“We’ve not used an over-age player before so it was a different feel,” Viveash told the official Chelsea website. “I was interested to see the three younger boys Fikayo Tomori , Fankaty Dabo and Mason Mount, who were the fortunate ones in the starting team, because it’s a different kind of pressure for them. They have to produce at the level that first team players are used to so I felt they were under the most pressure and that was great for their development.
“There’s a bigger picture to look at and we’re pleased we could help the senior players with game time in our league programme. I only see that as a positive for the whole club.
“They saw the intensity of these matches for themselves and how these are proper games at a proper level. We did have a lot of possession but physically it was a good workout and for our boys it’s another form of development that we’ve not had before.” He said.