After watching his side record an impressive victory at Stamford Bridge in Premier League 2, development squad head coach Andy Myers praised the attitude, application and fitness levels of his players as the young Blues made it three wins from three at the start of the new season.
Antonio Rudiger stepped up his return to match fitness with 90 minutes against Liverpool, while Michy Batshuayi’s brace and a third from Tino Anjorin helped the seal the points.
After the game, Myers claimed a fast start was important to setting the tone and tempo, with the young Blues capitalising on a 90th-minute winner last time out away at Derby.‘I was very pleased with our start because we just picked up from where we left off against Derby,’ he said. ‘Our attitude was spot-on, even from the senior players involved, and it was nice to come away with the result.
‘It’s important for us to keep that momentum going and move on to the next game with the same high standards.’
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Defender Marc Guehi captained the team at centre-back alongside Rudiger and produced an impressive performance in contributing to a second consecutive clean sheet. The 19-year-old pointed to our second goal, which arrived minutes after the half-time break, as a particularly significant moment in the contest.
‘It was a really good performance against a tough Liverpool side. We coped well and gelled as a team so it was good to get the three points,’ he reflected afterwards.
‘The second goal was important for us because it came very early on after half-time and it just calmed the game down because we knew they were going to come out fast and sharp.’
Myers was also pleased with our superior fitness levels, which helped us control the contest and restrict the Reds to a very limited number of sights at goal.
‘The boys have shown in the three games we’ve been involved in so far this season that their fitness levels are really high so that’s a credit to the strength and conditioning guys who work with us but also to the players themselves because they do apply themselves well in training every day,’ continued Myers.
‘In the first half, we had a lot of chances and didn’t really get the rewards. You’re always thinking at 1-0 that the game can still go either way so we did mention at half-time that we needed to put those chances away. The boys did that in the second half and could even have had a few more.’
The development squad are back in action on Friday night away in Manchester as we take on City at the Academy Stadium. Our next outing at the Bridge is on Friday 13 September against Brighton and tickets for that game are available to purchase now, priced once again at £5 for adults and free for concessions.