The award for the most impressive Chelsea-related performance during this international break (so far) goes to England U19 and their five-strong Blues contingent. For about a 10-minute span, all five were on the pitch, so perhaps it's not surprising that they pretty much wiped the floor with their Italian counterparts. If you have a couple hours to spare, I'd strongly recommend watching the whole game on replay, available on The FA's official YouTube channel. It's tremendous fun.
If you don't have the time to spare, here are the goal highlights, which feature a healthy dose of Ruben Loftus-Cheek (seemingly the consensus Man of the Match) and Izzy Brown. Substitute Alex Kiwomya impressed as well, and could've easily added to
Chelsea's England U19's lead. Ola Aina played from the start at right back while Charlie Colkett was a second half substitution.
England wasted no time in establishing their dominance, and both Brown and Loftus-Cheek could've opened the scoring before the former combined with the latter to do so in the 15th minute. Dele Alli, one of MK Dons' stars from their 4-0 hammering of Manchester United in the League Cup earlier this season provided the cross from which RLC forced Italy keeper Simone Scuffet into a good save. Unfortunately for the visitors, Brown was first to react and slammed home the rebound.
Five minutes later, Brown doubled England's lead through a bit of solo magic.
Loftus-Cheek, who's enjoying a much better time of things this season than last and is looking back on the right track in a promising career that has already seen him match wits with Yaya Touré in Chelsea's post-season tour of 2013, finally got his reward in the second half. Brown may have been on a hat-trick, but after winning the battle for a long ball over the top, he played the unselfish square ball to his Chelsea brother-in-arms who finish with cool, left-footed aplomb.
The Chelsea duo had exactly half (9) of England's total shots (18), good enough to eclipse all of Italy combined (8). And that's just scratching the surface of their domination of the Azzurrini. Well done, all around!