Under-18s hit eight as Development Squad come from behind to go top

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December 7, 2019

It was a successful Saturday on the academy front as the Development Squad and Under-18s each secured results that put them top of the table approaching the winter break. Ed Brand’s youth team got things started in style with an 8-0 win away to bottom-of-the-table Swansea City in South Wales, extending their season-long unbeaten run, and leapfrogging Fulham to go top outright and on their own for the first time…

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The Loan Report: November 25 – December 1

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December 1, 2019

Izzy Brown, Mario Pašalić and Jake Clarke-Salter added to the steady flow of Loan Army goals this season, so they’re the Headliners in this week’s edition of the Loan Report. Headliners Pašalić is a well-known commodity now; a versatile attacking midfielder who’s good for a few goals every season and plays at a high enough level to be of interest to Chelsea in the future. After logging ninety minutes for…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 2-2 Fulham

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November 30, 2019

To still be unbeaten after four months of the season takes courage, toughness and no little agility. That both Chelsea and Fulham started and finished Saturday without a league defeat to their names in 2019-20 is testament to the character in the respective squads, and the 2-2 final score at Cobham in this latest reprisal of their West London derby was about right on balance. Certainly, both teams will feel…

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The Loan Report: November 18-24

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November 24, 2019

With the last international break of 2019 firmly in the rear view mirror, the Loan Report is back to check in on Chelsea’s far-flung charges, with Iké Ugbo and Conor Gallagher taking centre stage as they have for most of the season. Headliners Gallagher has been outstanding in his first four months in senior football, starring for Charlton Athletic in England’s second tier, and shining bright when the spotlight is…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

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November 23, 2019

Chelsea completed a 100% group stage in the Under-18 Premier League Cup, and qualified for the Quarter Finals, after beating Arsenal 2-1 at Cobham on Saturday. First half goals from Armando Broja and Sam Iling Jr, the latter with his first at this level, proved enough for Ed Brand’s unbeaten boys, despite a late comeback from the visitors that saw Daniel Oyegoke reduce the deficit to no avail. It wasn’t…

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The Academy Decade: Coaching Them Up

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November 17, 2019

When Frank Lampard unveiled his backroom team at Chelsea in July, it wasn’t quite the culmination of a generation’s work at the club’s Cobham academy, but it certainly felt like it. For, as much as a youth development programme is primarily about producing talent on the pitch, the Blues have been especially prolific in helping to bring through the coaching talent of tomorrow as well as the playing. Jody Morris,…

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The Loan Report: November 4-10

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November 10, 2019

Mario Pašalić announced himself on the Champions League stage this week while Iké Ugbo carried on his prolific form in the Netherlands. Let’s get into the latest Loan Report. Headliners Pašalić’s second season with Atalanta has been a bit of a slow burner in terms of substantial performances; playing regular minutes in the midfield rotation, he’s an entirely reliable and capable option, but has added goals back into his game…

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Under-18s: Tottenham Hotspur 3-5 Chelsea

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November 9, 2019

For forty-five minutes of this Under-18 Premier League London derby, Chelsea were untouchable. A relentless blue tide swept everything before it as Tottenham were powerless to resist. A goal up inside a minute, four inside half an hour, and 5-0 by half time; it was as good a team performance as you’ll see anywhere all season, which is why the final score might have left some Chelsea players dejected when…

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