winning 4-0. Some revenge for the French players that suffered that loss. Clearly both sides have some strong talent at the youth level, none more impressive than Gael Kakuta who plays for Chelsea and is more known for the punishment that Chelsea almost suffered for improperly acquiring the young French player from Lens. A small example of the football IQ from Kakuta is the second goal of the finals. He is released through the middle and beats the 2 central defenders to find himself one on one with the Spanish keeper. He forces Alex to make a save on his first shot and is able to chase down the rebound. Here is where he demonstrates a high IQ - he had a chance to strike on goal again, it appears the Spanish goal is vulnerable, however Alex is rapidly moving to cover the open side and Kakuta's momentum is taking him away, his body is not a good position to put a solid strike on the ball. Instead of trying to force a shot and most likely putting a weak shot on net that could be saved
It is plays such as these that have made Kakuta the pearl of the Chelsea youth set up, winning the Academy Player of the Year in 2007. He clearly was the creative center piece for the U19
Other players from the French side to keep an eye on - Griezmann who plays for Real Sociedad and was approached by the Spanish federation to see if he would play for Spain the speedy winger played a role in getting the Spanish side promoted back to La Liga, Sunu the
The win last week coupled with Laurent Blanc running Les Bleus should make the debacle in South Africa a little easier to take...not much....but a little bit!