The Loan Report: May 7-13

May 13, 2018

Mason Mount is intent on dragging Vitesse back into the Europa League next season, whether he’ll be at the Gelredome again or not, and demonstrated as much with an unstoppable week of football. Headliners Vitesse’s sixth-place finish ensured they would take part in the Eredivisie’s four-team playoff for the final Europa League Qualifying Round berth. A two-legged Semi Final against ADO Den Haag was up first, and Mount was simply…


Development Squad: Liverpool 5-1 Chelsea

May 8, 2018

Chelsea’s Development Squad campaign came to a disappointing end on Tuesday night as they were resoundingly beaten 5-1 by Liverpool at Anfield. Two goals apiece from defender George Johnston and forward Yan Dhanda plus a fine individual goal by Bobby Adekanye put Joe Edwards’ side to the sword in a match where their defending was suspect, and finishing not up to standard, with Martell Taylor-Crossdale coming off the bench to…


The Loan Report: May 1-6

May 6, 2018

Several leagues reached their conclusions this weekend, and several players said their goodbyes after loan spells, but there’s still plenty of football to be played. We’ll start at Vitesse, who have a lot still to play for. Headliners Their final league fixture of the season away to Willem II saw them fighting for position in the Eredivisie’s Europa League playoff race. They’d already qualified by virtue of their thrashing of…


Under-18s: Manchester United 0-3 Chelsea

May 5, 2018

When you run out of trophies to win, you win them all over again. You win newly-established cups too, and you win them all with style, substance and conviction. What happens when you run out of superlatives though? This remarkable, dominant, supreme Chelsea Under-18 team retained their Premier Academy League title on Saturday, overpowering the best the Northern section could offer in Manchester United with a 3-0 win at Leigh…


FA Youth Cup Final Second Leg: Arsenal 0-4 Chelsea (1-7 agg)

April 30, 2018

It is truly remarkable. Chelsea’s fifth successive FA Youth Cup title was secured with a stylishly emphatic 4-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, blowing Arsenal away with a 7-1 aggregate victory, and they made a little bit of history in the process. Dan Davies was pitchside with the best pictures on the evening; check them out HERE. Only Manchester United’s ‘Busby Babes’ had ever recorded such an…


The Loan Report: April 23-29

April 29, 2018

We’re edging closer to the 100 goal mark from the Loan Army once again after a productive weekend at home at abroad. We start with a player who is making all the right moves ahead of this summer’s World Cup. Headliners Ruben Loftus-Cheek has experienced something of an up-and-down season, having to wait patiently for an opportunity to impress at Crystal Palace, before doing so and earning an England debut…


FA Youth Cup Final First Leg: Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal

April 27, 2018

An FA Youth Cup is rarely won in the first leg, but Chelsea put themselves in a strong position to claim an historic fifth successive title as they came from behind to beat Arsenal 3-1 in their opening stand-off at Stamford Bridge on Friday night. Jody Morris’ youngsters were the better team for the majority of the match, but they were guilty of several egregious misses in a first half…


Previewing the 2017-18 FA Youth Cup Final: Chelsea vs Arsenal

April 27, 2018

For one club, it’s business as usual. For the other, it’s a return to the biggest stage in English academy football for the first time in decade. For Chelsea, it’s about history. It’s about the opportunity to emulate the Busby Babes of Manchester United in the 1950s, and it’s about the chance to win a fifth successive FA Youth Cup. For Arsenal, it’s about re-establishing their credentials as one of…


UEFA Youth League: Chelsea 0-3 Barcelona

April 23, 2018

It wasn’t to be in the end. Chelsea’s bid for a third UEFA Youth League title fell short at the last as they were summarily beaten 3-0 by an impressive Barcelona in Monday’s Final in Nyon, Switzerland. In truth the Blues had looked a pale shadow of their usual selves in Friday’s Semi Final against Porto, one they only came through after a dramatic penalty shootout, and the malaise carried…


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…