Chelsea flop scores one, could have had hat-trick, and stars in Ferdinand testimonial

Marko Marin

Marko Marin's debut season at Chelsea may not be one to remember - but his debut season with Sevilla might be.

We all know how testimonials are supposed to go. A gentle stroll around the pitch, while the man of the occasion gets treated like royalty - and at the end of it all, both teams have scored six.

However Rio Ferdinand’s occasion for Manchester United was not like that, not one bit.

Rio wanted a competitive fixture and Sevilla were the opposition on the night - but they showed no signs of treating this as a friendly.

Now while there were other stories from the night - including Adnan Januzaj’s star turn and Antonio Valencia’s moving tribute to fallen compatriot Chucho Benitez, who tragically died of heart failure aged just 27 last month - the big story for me was the performance of a player who is, for all intents and purposes, a Chelsea reject.

When the Blues snapped up Marko Marin last summer they had picked up a player once dubbed the ‘German Messi’. But his 12 months at the club were more a German mess.

He featured just 15 times in all competitions, as poor form and injury problems cost him a place in the first-team.

This summer, with Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrle now at the disposal of new boss Jose Mourinho, his time looked up.

However, at 24-years-old, Chelsea would be remiss to give up on him just yet - so instead they sent him out on loan to Spanish outfit Sevilla.

And last night it seemed he had a point to prove.

Not only did he scored the second goal of the night but his overall play was excellent throughout his time on the pitch.

In fact he could have had a hat-trick - with two chances just after he made it 2-0 potential goal-scoring opportunities.

He would have deserved it as well. His swashbuckling display of technical ability, dribbling prowess and one touch passing was a joy to behold.

Chelsea will hope to see some of this Marko Marin in 2014-15.

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