Chelsea development squad stretched their unbeaten run in Premier League 2 to eight matches after beating Leicester City 4-0 at St George’s Park in Friday afternoon.
A brace from Mukhtar Ali, the first from the penalty spot and the second a close-range header, alongside an own goal and a strike from Dominic Solanke helped the Blues to a first away win of the season, and the U23 manager Adi Viveash is a happy man.
“I’m happy with the performance,” Viveash told the official Chelsea website. “Four points from the first two games of 2017, both away from home, is a fantastic start to the new year.
“There was a real vibrancy about the team; we broke with extreme pace, got into some really good positions and it could have been a lot more than four because their goalkeeper made two world-class saves.”
The young Blues did well to keep a clean sheet, and Viveash was impressed.
“Clean sheets are not always the most important thing when you’re developing young defenders but there was a real steel throughout the whole team, not just the back four, which was really pleasing,” continued the manager.
“We’ve done a lot of defensive work in the last four days, as we have all season, defending crosses and set-pieces. We’ve put quite a big emphasis on it and the players have attacked the work because I think they knew it was an area they could develop more as a group.
“The key moment for me was around the 20-minute mark. We had dominated early on, should have had a penalty which wasn’t given and were playing some really good stuff but hadn’t scored. Leicester then had four corners in quick succession but we defended them really well. I told the boys after that was an important moment.”