• The Academy Decade: Former Blues Far And Wide
  • Sporting Directors: A Reality Cech
  • The Loan Report: May 20-27
  • Academy Season Review: Under-18s
  • Academy Season Review: Development Squad

The Loan Report: April 29 – May 5

We hit the century mark on the goals front from the Loan Army this week and then set about surpassing it. While the record of 126 looks safe for another year, plenty of other milestones have been reached and improved upon, and numerous players have earned significant individual honours. Headliners We start our review of the week by rewinding all the way back to Monday night, where Mario Pašalić brought…


Development Squad: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Chelsea

The week started with disappointment against a team in blue and white stripes, but Chelsea ended it, and their season, in more positive fashion by beating a very good Brighton team wearing the same colours 2-1 in Lancing to bring the curtain down on the 2018-19 academy campaign. A third UEFA Youth League title eluded the group last weekend, as their titanic tilt against Barcelona in Friday’s Semi Final took…


UEFA Youth League: FC Porto 3-1 Chelsea

For the second year in a row, Chelsea left Nyon empty-handed, their pursuit of a third UEFA Youth League title unsuccessful at the last. The bitter disappointment of last year’s capitulation to Barcelona will fade into exhausted regret this time around. Twelve months ago, they didn’t do themselves justice, and they knew it. This season, they will themselves to the Final again, leading for just nine minutes of knockout round…


The Loan Report: April 23-28

It was a quieter week than usual on the loan front, with just one goal to take us to 99 overall for the season, but there’s still a lot to play for in the final weeks of the season. Headliners The goal was scored by Alvaro Morata during Atlético Madrid’s midweek win over Valencia. It was his sixth for his new club, more than he scored in his time at…


UEFA Youth League: One More River To Cross

“We came here to get our trophy back.” Amid the euphoria of Friday’s dramatic penalty shootout triumph against Barcelona, Chelsea Under-19 coach Joe Edwards reminded his players of their purpose in Nyon, Switzerland. Yes, there was an undercurrent of revenge about the Semi Final after losing a Final to the same opponents a year earlier, but more than that, this was about restoring their own glory. To quickly recount the…


Under-18s: Reading 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea’s recent seasons have typically ended in a blaze of glory but, on an unseasonably windy day in Berkshire, they brought the curtain down on a campaign of learning with more than a hint towards the promise of the future. They might have finished without silverware for the first time in more than half a decade, but as Dion Rankine and Lewis Bate scored the goals to see them defeat…