Previewing the 2017-18 UEFA Youth League Final

April 23, 2018

Here we go again then. For the third time in four seasons – and for their third successive participation in the competition – Chelsea are preparing to take part in the UEFA Youth League Final. The Blues were victorious in 2015 and 2016, against Shakhtar Donetsk and Paris Saint-Germain respectively, but were then denied the opportunity to defend their title in 2017 due to a combination of the club’s first…


The Loan Report: April 16-22

April 22, 2018

It wasn’t the busiest of weeks on the Loan Army front, but there’s still enough to catch up on from the past seven days, including one certain goal for Mason Mount, one emphatic one from Danilo Pantic, and one that Fikayo Tomori is claiming even if the powers that be have ultimately disagreed. Headliners Mount’s goal – his eight of the season and the 86th overall by Chelsea’s loanees –…


UEFA Youth League: Chelsea 2-2 FC Porto (Chelsea win 5-4 on penalties)

April 20, 2018

Chelsea will take their place in Monday’s UEFA Youth League Final after a nerve-wracking Semi Final against FC Porto at Nyon’s Stade Colovray was decided on penalties. The Blues, who led through Daishawn Redan’s first-half goal, found themselves starting at elimination with ten minutes remaining, as substitute Joao Mario added to Diogo Quierós’ equaliser to give the Portuguese the ascendancy. Josh Grant produced a captain’s goal to equalise at the…


Under-18s: Chelsea 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

April 18, 2018

Chelsea’s imperious unbeaten Under-18 home record, stretching back more than three years, finally came to an end on Wednesday afternoon as a young Blues side succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur. With the South league title already in the bag and the UEFA Youth League Finals weekend ahead in Switzerland this Friday and Monday, almost no risks were taken with players likely to take part…


The Loan Report: April 9-15

April 15, 2018

The final weeks of the season are upon us and with them come opportunities to clinch silverware. Marco van Ginkel did just that this weekend, and will lead off our headliners as the captain of the newly-crowned Dutch champions, whilst Iké Ugbo joins him after finding the net for Milton Keynes. Headliners Van Ginkel has been amongst PSV’s best players all season long, captaining a side that has been head…


Under-18s: West Ham United 1-5 Chelsea

April 14, 2018

Chelsea are champions of the Under-18 Premier League South for a fourth year in a row after defeating West Ham United 5-1 at Little Heath on Saturday morning. The Blues also surpassed last season’s total of 52 points – with two games to spare – with a resounding win that owed much to a devastating first half in which the majority of the damage was done. Charlie Brown scored a…


Development Squad: Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

April 13, 2018

A brace of free kicks from Keanan Bennetts consigned Chelsea’s Development Squad to defeat in their final home fixture of the season against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night. The Blues were disappointing in front of almost 3,000 fans at Stamford Bridge, struggling to break down a Spurs team that had been reduced to ten men before half time when Christian Maghoma was dismissed for a pair of fouls on Daishawn…


FA Youth Cup: Chelsea 4-0 Birmingham City (7-0 agg)

April 10, 2018

To the casual observer it might have become predictable a long time ago. The FA Youth Cup starts in August of every season, invites more than 700 clubs from across the lands to enter, and in the end Chelsea reach the Final. Yet to discredit the work done by each crop with every passing year would be doing them a disservice. Jody Morris’ latest vintage will take their place in…


Dermot Drummy 1961-2017

April 9, 2018

Dermot Drummy left us far too soon. Depression doesn’t care about your accolades or achievements. It doesn’t care about your fame or fortune, your status or standing, or just about anything you can think of. It is a relentless bastard of an disease that we cannot allow to triumph, that should be starved of the opportunity to coalesce, and that starts by simply talking. Talk. It comes across as a…


The Loan Report: April 3-8

April 8, 2018

Chelsea’s Loan Army is on course to set new records for total appearances, total minutes played, and clean sheets this season and, although they’re likely to fall short of last season’s 126-goal extravaganza, they are in with a solid chance of reaching the century mark for just the third time. Four more were added to the total this week, lifting us to 84, and they came from far and wide….