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Three things we learnt as Chelsea cruise past Walsall in the Capital One Cup

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Chelsea overcame a spirited Walsall challenge to progress into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, winning 4-1 at the Banks's Stadium.

Goals from Ramires, Loic Remy and new-boys Kennedy and Pedro secured the west Londoners what was a routine victory, even if James O'Connors' goal in the first-half did spark hope of an unlikely comeback.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho appeared content with his side's showing and was above all pleased to see his side get back to winning ways. Here are three things we learned from the affair:

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1. Kennedy is a star in the making

In his first competitive start for Chelsea, the 19-year-old Brazilian showed just why Mourinho didn't ship him out on loan.

Kennedy showed desire and hunger from start to finish, powering past defenders and showing the characteristics of a hard-worker by tracking back, making clearances and recovering possession.

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And whilst he might have lost possession on a couple of occasions, he can be forgiven after what was a lovely assist for Ramires' goal and a neat finish to get himself on the scoresheet.

2. Chelsea fringe players impress

It's been a while since we saw such good performance from John Obi Mikel.

He picked out Falcao on several occasions with lovely through balls over the top of Walsall's back line and even started the move that led to Kennedy's goal.

He shielded the back four well and was effective in recovering and recycling possession. A top performance from the Nigeria international, even if it was against a lowly side in English divisions.

Ramires was equally impressive, demonstrating the work ethic and ability that he's capable of, with John Terry and Baba Rahman also performing well. All in all a good showing from Chelsea's lesser stars.

3.  Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao need to step up

With the controversial Diego Costa banned for three games, Chelsea will look towards Remy and Falcao to spearhead their attack.

If Chelsea are to come out on top in these games, though, they'll need considerably better showings from their frontmen with the pair largely sloppy against Walsall, even if Remy did find the net emphatically.

The Frenchman's hold-up play was weak and his decision-making slow, whilst Falcao was left frustrated when unable to finish a number of chances that few would doubt he'd have gobbled up two years ago.

The going is good for Chelsea right now. Three games; three wins; ten goals scored and only one conceded, but one cannot assume Chelsea are back to their best just because of wins against a ten-man Arsenal and weak opposition in Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Walsall.

Their time to prove that they're back starts now.

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