The Blues are really lighting the world on fire. As we speak, Chelsea’a senior squad are en route to complete a double in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho this season which is quite a feat in itself. And if that wasn’t enough; our youth team has taken the world by storm too!
After winning the U-19 UEFA Youth League; which by the way is the most prestigious competition in the youth rank, our “little horses” are on their way to yet another glory as our Under-18’s took a commanding 3-1 lead in the FA Youth Cup final first leg against Manchester City. Boy those trophy cabinets which have been barren for a couple of years are surely going to be filled with new shiny silverwares, while the Blues rule the whole Europe.
Exciting times to be a Chelsea fan, eh? Well, let’s walk you through our performance against the Citizens.
It was a game between two teams who have constantly been criticized for not bringing youth players into the first team in recent years. Although, that didn’t affect the enthusiasm of passionate supporters who came in large numbers to support their stars at the Academy stadium. Manuel Pellegrini and Vincent Kompany were also amongst the attendees, possibly trying to find a miraculous way to get their team on track!
Chelsea started the game brightly with Charlie Colkett finding Tammy Abraham at the edge of the penalty area and the winger made no mistake to bullet the shot past the City goalkeeper and make it 1-0 for Chelsea.
Although, City did respond amazingly as the Citizens equalized almost immediately with their hot prospect Brandon Barker playing a perfectly weighted pass to Isaac Buckley, who slotted home comfortably to make it 1-1 for the men in sky Blue.
From there on though, it was all Chelsea as Pellegrini and Kompany bit their nails from the stands, wondering, what does it takes to overcome the Blues, even in the youth ranks!
Less than 10 minutes later Tammy Abraham completed his brace to put Chelsea 2-1 up. It was the 36th goal for Abraham in 25 starts. There was no looking back as far as Chelsea was concerned as the Blues continued to push the Citizens high up the pitch and with just 3 minutes left on the clock, it was the highly touted youngster Dominic Solanke, who completed the riot, making it 3-1 in Chelsea’s favor.
It was a breath-taking display from our young guns as we always looked the team who were more likely to score as City failed to make their home advantage count. With the guys in this kind of form, it’s hard to see City outplaying us at Stamford Bridge. With the senior squad probably on course to wrap up the title by the end of this month, the FA Youth Cup might just be another reason to celebrate for the Blues fans!
Interesting Stat: Dominic Solanke and Tammy Abraham have both lit up the league with their goal scoring this season. But there’s a reason why Solanke is so highly touted by Jose. Although, the youngster has scored one less number of goal than Abraham, Solanke has scored most of his goals in U-21 and U-19 level while, Abraham has been a revelation at the U-18 level.
Solanke: 35 goals, 32(1) app’s
U21: 9 goals, 12(1) app’s
U19: 12 goals, 9 app’s
U18: 14 goals, 11 app’s
Abraham: 36 goals, 25(10) app’s
U21: 2 goals, 1(3) app’s
U19: 4 goals, 3(4) app’s
U18: 30 goals, 21(3) app’s
Maybe the kid is ready for the higher challenge, eh Jose?
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt