FA Youth Cup: Chelsea 5-1 Manchester City (6-2 on aggregate)

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April 26, 2017

They’re at it again. For the fourth year in a row, for the fifth time in six years, and for the third successive time against Manchester City, Chelsea are FA Youth Cup champions. This was one for the ages. The bar has seemingly been raised higher and higher with each passing success, but a 7-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur followed by a 5-1 win over City here – 6-2…

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The Loan Report: April 18-23

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April 23, 2017

The finish line is within sight, and so is a Chelsea record. Tammy Abraham’s 26th goal of the season for Bristol City this weekend was the 119th by a Blues loanee this season, meaning we’re within seven goals of surpassing the tally of 125 notched by the 2013-14 Loan Army. Headliners Tammy is finishing his maiden professional campaign as he started it and now has four goals in his last…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

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April 22, 2017

Chelsea’s hopes of an Under-18 league and cup double remain very much alive after they hauled themselves back from being a goal and a man behind to beat Blackburn 2-1 at Cobham on Saturday morning. The Blues rode their luck on more than one occasion but, despite falling behind to a well-taken Bradley Lynch goal and seeing Tariq Lamptey sent off for deliberate handball, they rescued all three points courtesy…

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Development Squad: Chelsea 2-2 Everton

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April 21, 2017

A spirited display full of character from Chelsea’s Development Squad denied Everton the chance to be crowned Premier League 2 champions at Aldershot’s EBB Stadium on Friday night as the two teams played out a thoroughly entertaining 2-2 draw. The visitors knew that three points here would be enough to see them finish top of the pile but a pair of Iké Ugbo goals ensured that their celebrations were put…

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FA Youth Cup Final First Leg: Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea

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April 18, 2017

If ever a match could be described as a cagey affair, whilst simultaneously being played at breakneck pace and featuring numerous chances, then it was this first leg of the latest instalment of the Manchester City vs Chelsea FA Youth Cup franchise. In the opening gambit of the third year in a row in which the country’s two leading academies go head-to-head in the Under-18 showpiece occasion, it’s very much…

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The Loan Report: April 10-17

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April 17, 2017

We’re approaching the last few games of the season and, despite it being a quiet week overall on the loan front, the stakes are increasingly high for the majority of Chelsea’s army of loanees. Headliners After a glut of goals the last time we were with you, we’re only able to bring you a solitary effort from Tammy Abraham this time around, but it was enough to maintain the streak…

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FA Youth Cup: Previewing the 2016-17 Final

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April 17, 2017

For many, a third consecutive FA Youth Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester City will only serve to confirm their fears that the financial largesse that exists at the top of the English game has well and truly made its way down to the academy ranks, with the two biggest-spending clubs in the country now dominant at junior level as well. Others will view it as a positive thing; almost…

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The Loan Report: April 3-9

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April 9, 2017

It’s been a very busy week on the loan front, with goals flying in left, right, and centre. With so much to cover, let’s dive straight in. Headliners The Eredivisie was responsible for the majority of our headlines, and it began with Bertrand Traore opening the scoring in Ajax’s 4-1 win against AZ Alkmaar in midweek. Playing as a centre-forward in the continued absence of the injured Kasper Dolberg, the…

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Under-18s: Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

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April 8, 2017

Chelsea’s 26-match unbeaten run at Under-18 level came to an end on Saturday morning as they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City at the City Academy Stadium. Tom Dele-Bashiru’s first-half goal and a late stoppage-time second from Taylor Richards proved enough to earn all three points for the hosts in the Merit Stage of Under-18 Premier League competition despite a missed penalty by Reece James, but neither team played anywhere…

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Development Squad: Chelsea 3-0 Sunderland

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April 7, 2017

The last few games of the season tends to offer time for reflection on the campaign, particularly at youth level, and so as Chelsea’s Development Squad beat Sunderland 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening, the hard work of the previous eight months started to come to mind. The Blues don’t finish their schedule for another fortnight yet, but as 16 and 17 year-old prospects dominated from start to finish…

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