Much of this week has seen Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho teasing us with his promisen of fielding a ‘weakened’ team against Liverpool in the Premier League title clash at Anfield. And to a certain degree that is what we got.
The likes of Demba Ba, John Obi Mikel and Aahley Cole have not been regulars this season - although, you would be hard pushed to describe any of them as ‘weak’ players.
But perhaps the area for concern would have come from Tomas Kalas.
The Czech Republic international was thrown into the deep end today and without safety armbands - asked to debut up against Luis Suarez.
The 20-year-old, who has impressed in the past on a loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem, is tipped for great things in his homeland - but has so far been a bit-part figure at the club.
He had a couple of nervous moments - but overall he was very impressive for such a young player, on debut, in such an important game.
A couple of weeks ago however it seems he had no inkling this day was coming.
This is a Tweet from respected Czech football journalist Karel Haring after hearing the news his countryman was starting today:
Kalas couple wks ago joked about his role in #cfc (in talk show): "I am player for training sessions. If they need a cone, they put me there— Karel Häring (@KHaring75) April 27, 2014
It does not seem that unreasonable a statement.
Kalas however proved himself today - he looked comfortable on the ball, strong in the air (other than a couple of misjudgements) and his recovery pace was certainly a major asset. In fact, he looked almost Jamie Carragher like at times - and on the hallowed Anfield turf as well.
A great performance from the young man - and hopefully it was the first of many.
Can Kalas become a first team player?