Wimbledon confirmed that Danny Drinkwater also played, while Dons first-team coach, Mark Robinson mentioned in his post-match interview that Davide Zappacosta and Lewis Baker also featured for the Blues.
We also know that Chelsea new arrival Thiago Silva did not play in the game, as he had reportedly been expected to. The friendly was positioned as an opportunity for him to get some game time, but considering that he’s yet to train with the team, that was probably a bit premature.
As for the four whose participation has been confirmed, they’re all hoping to find good loans or moves for next season. Victor Moses unfortunately was not picked up by Inter Milan, while Davide Zappacosta was left similarly at the altar by AS Roma. They now join Danny Drinkwater in looking for a new team. Lewis Baker meanwhile is probably doing the same, though the rumor mill has been quiet in that regard.
Full-time: Chelsea 1-1 Dons. A very encouraging display from a Wimbledon side that included several first-teamers. Both sides fielded a mix of youth and experience with Chelsea including Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater. #AFCW
Some of Chelsea’s fringe players finally got a run out this afternoon in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Cobham
The Blues’s Development Squad took on AFC Wimbledon at Cobham and it ended in a 1-1 draw against the League One side.
Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater both played in the match at the training ground, with the former netting from the penalty spot.
The game was a chance for some of the loanees who are yet to head out of the club for the 2020/21 campaign.
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With the Blues playing last night, none of the main first team players were involved, while the Blues will be looking to integrate Thiago Silva into the squad this week.
Moses and Drinkwater are still aiming for their moves away from Stamford Bridge this month, with neither player in Frank Lampard’s plans for the season.
Whether it’s an Under-23s game or a friendly we need to make sure we do what is required, so that if these players get the chance to step-up to the first-team it’s just a natural progression. We started the game brightly, but in the first-half there were a few things we were not happy with. We didn’t do enough of what we want our players to do in any kind of game. There wasn’t enough traits of what the first-team do, we didn’t have enough purpose, and it led to us being passive, and them taking control for the last 20 minutes of the first-half.
“We changed it in the second-half. We needed to do more of what we do and not what they wanted us to do. We did that and the second-half was good. We definitely had more chances and the boys will feel disappointed that they didn’t win the game.”
Archie Procter’s display at the back caught the eye against Chelsea and Mark was full of praise for a young defender who made his first-team debut recently.
“That was Archie’s first 90 minutes of the season and I thought he was really good defensively. In the last 15 minutes he was struggling because he was tired, but he played on the right side, which was good for him as well. It was good that he got his first 90 minutes in before he starts his loan at Carshalton. For a lot of the young lads now, their loans will be happening in the next week, so it was really good for them to get 60-70 minutes. Elliott (Bolton) and David (Fisher) also came on for the last 15 minutes and they did really well.
“Chelsea had some experience, and Lewis Bate, who came on in the Premier League, is a talented player, but once we started showing what we are about it asked questions of them. If you ask questions of people they are likely to make mistakes as well. The energy we showed in the second-half was really pleasing.”