It only took seven minutes for Chelsea to open the scoring on the night, and the goal came from an unlikely source in the form of defender Trevor Chalobah, younger brother of the aforementioned Nathaniel. The towering 6″2 centre-half climbed above the static City players in the opposition box to drive home a wonderful headed goal into the top corner and past the un-moved Aro Muric in the City goal.
Chalobah manned the Blues defence with maturity, not to mention strength, far beyond that of his mere 17 years, calmly dealing with all City had to throw at him throughout. The teenager is not only a dominant physical presence at the back making him a perfect fit for Premier League football, but also reads the game excellently and possesses one of the most sought after attributes of any modern centre back, the ability to play the ball out from the back.
Nailed down to a professional contact already, the defender put in a performance that would have had the on-looking Antonio Conte turning his head.