Previewing the 2019-20 UEFA Youth League Campaign

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September 16, 2019

To say Chelsea have something of an affinity with the UEFA Youth League would be something of an understatement. They’ve won a remarkable 40 of the 47 matches they’ve played in the competition, accumulating a +100 goal difference along the way, and have reached the final in each of the last four occasions they’ve played in it. However, they only have two Lennart Johansson Trophies in the silverware cabinet back…

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The Loan Report: September 9-15

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September 15, 2019

The first Loan Report after September’s international break features Iké Ugbo’s third goal in four matches for Roda JC in what was, otherwise, a fairly quiet week. Headliners Ugbo’s decision to head to the Dutch second division this summer came after indifferent spells at Barnsley, Scunthorpe and Milton Keynes in English football, and was essentially taking one step backward in order to take two forward. In finding a level of…

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Under-18s: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Chelsea

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September 14, 2019

Chelsea’s Under-18s remain unbeaten this season, but saw their 100% start come to an end away to Brighton on Saturday morning, with the Seagulls enduring the same fate at the end of a hard-fought 1-1 draw. Both teams came into the match with four wins from four so far this term; the hosts topped the table by virtue of having a superior goal difference, but the promise of a fascinating…

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Development Squad: Chelsea 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

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September 13, 2019

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James made their long-awaited returns from injury for Chelsea’s Development Squad on Friday night in a 2-1 win over Brighton at Stamford Bridge. Make sure you follow @ChelseaYouthPix on Twitter for the best photos from the match. It’s impossible to bury that particular lede, as two of the club’s brightest prospects edged ever-closer to a first-team return, but this was about more than those two players….

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The Academy Decade: Going International

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September 8, 2019

When Mason Mount stepped on to the Wembley pitch on Saturday afternoon against Bulgaria, he became the eighth Chelsea academy product to make his England debut in the last two years. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Jack Cork, Dominic Solanke, Nathaniel Chalobah, Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi went before him and, in accounting for almost half of the last eighteen overall debutants in that time, the Blues extended an unrivalled recent…

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The Loan Report: August 26 – September 1

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September 1, 2019

A quiet week on the loan front gives us the opportunity to take stock of affairs we approach the final day of the transfer window. Three new faces have joined the Loan Army ranks over the past seven days, and more are set to follow, bringing an end to another hectic summer of comings and goings. Headliners Tiémoué Bakayoko is going home. Two years after an expensive and protracted transfer…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

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August 31, 2019

For all of their remarkable exploits in recent years, Chelsea have struggled to impose themselves against Aston Villa in Under-18 football during that time. After scoring 24 times against them in three matches during the 2014-15 season, they’ve not beaten them by more than a single goal at Cobham, and only achieved the feat once in total since. So, despite emerging with a fourth successive win to maintain their 100%…

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Development Squad: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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August 30, 2019

It took a stoppage-time equaliser for the second week in a row, but Chelsea remain unbeaten in Development Squad action so far this season, as they came from behind to claim a point in another 2-2 draw. Follow @ChelseaYouthPix on Twitter for the best match photos as always. Last Friday in Manchester, it was Billy Gilmour and Marc Guehi with the late heroics to frustrate City. In front of 1,215…

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The Loan Report: August 19-25

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August 25, 2019

This isn’t the Conor Gallagher Report just yet, but it could well be, as the stylish midfielder scored for the third week in a row to get his Charlton Athletic career off to the most flying of starts. He was joined on the score sheet this week by two of his former academy team-mates, each of whom have made much-needed positive early impressions, and one long-time member of the Loan…

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Under-18s: Southampton 0-1 Chelsea

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August 24, 2019

Throughout Chelsea’s recent successful seasons at academy level, the first few matches haven’t always laid a marker for what was to come. The odd hiccup early in the campaign has been a bit of a common feature and so, for Ed Brand’s latest crop of youngsters to come out of their first three matches with nine points, including trips to Arsenal and Southampton, is a very encouraging sign for the…

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