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Watch: Ex-Chelsea star Jody Morris' unreal touch while coaching Blues' u-18s

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With Roman Abramovich's millions having been bankrolling Chelsea for 13 years now, the younger generation of fans have grown up used to seeing the best of world football strutting their stuff at Stamford Bridge.

However, there will some of a certain vintage who also remember the pre-Abramovich days when their squad was far from star-studded. One name from the beginning of the millennium that should ring a bell is Jody Morris.

Morris was a typical tough-tackling central midfielder who always gave his all, but was never known for the silky skills or finesse Chelsea fans have come to expect from the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard. That's what makes a video shared by the former Blues star on Instagram today even more impressive.

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Morris, now 37-years-old, is currently the coach of Chelsea's under-18 squad so he must see some fairly talented teenagers come through the ranks.

However, it was the former Premier League player himself who made the highlight reel in a recent youth fixture. That's after Morris, patrolling the dug out, produced a truly sublime touch to control a wayward ball from the opposition 'keeper. His second touch wasn't bad either...

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Morris pulled on the Chelsea shirt on 124 occasions between 1996-2003, and made almost 200 more appearances for five different clubs during a 17-year career.

We're pretty sure, though, even he would admit that he never pulled off quite an effortless first touch as the one seen in the video above.

Not bad for a man who called time on his playing days three years ago.

Paul Scholes of Manchester United tussles with Jody Morris of Chelsea for possession of the ball

Whilst he was never the most talented player in a Chelsea squad that included the likes of Gianfranco Zola, Gianluca Vialli and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Morris was well-regarded by Blues supporters for his tireless - sometimes reckless - playing style.

Considering the struggles being endured by Antonio Conte's first team right now, they could use a little more of that steel amongst the current squad if they are to turn things around.

Consecutive league defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal have seen the Stanford Bridge club fall to eighth place, behind Crystal Palace on goal difference.

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