UEFA Youth League: One More River To Cross

April 28, 2019

“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

April 27, 2019

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…


UEFA Youth League: Back To Nyon Again

April 25, 2019

In the brand-spanking-new trophy cabinet in Chelsea’s Cobham academy building, two Lennart Johansson Trophies take pride of place on the top shelf. There is space for a third to sit between them but, instead, a forlorn runners-up plaque lurks almost embarrassingly behind them, as if trying to hide itself among so much success. The Blues head to Nyon in Switzerland this weekend for the fourth time in five years hoping…


The Loan Report: April 15-22

April 22, 2019

The Easter weekend is often a defining time in the season, with the finish line in sight for many teams, and the spread of fixture scheduling bringing unfamiliar challenges to those with plenty to play for. Plenty of Chelsea players out on loan saw their fortunes affected as the pressure rises, and nowhere is it ever more the case than in the Championship. Headliners Tammy Abraham’s Aston Villa are surging…


Development Squad: Chelsea 1-3 Arsenal

April 15, 2019

A year ago this week, Chelsea’s Development Squad suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur in a performance that did not augur well ahead of preparations for their trip to Switzerland for the UEFA Youth League Finals weekend. Then, having scraped past FC Porto on penalties and after an 87th-minute equaliser, they were taken apart by Barcelona in the Final, and were left to rue their poor form…


The Loan Report: April 8-14

April 14, 2019

On a weekend dominated by Championship performers, it was Mason Mount who took home the most plaudits, and that took some doing as Chelsea’s best and brightest youngsters pressed their claims for greater consideration at Stamford Bridge next season. Headliners It wasn’t the best start to the week for Derby County after they suffered defeat away to Blackburn on Tuesday, and put in a poor performance to go along with…


Under-18s: Chelsea 4-3 Fulham

April 13, 2019

Fortress Cobham hasn’t quite been as impenetrable this season as in previous campaigns, but Chelsea signed off their home schedule for 2018-19 with a 4-3 win over Fulham that was more impressive than the final scoreline suggested, and ensured that they will finish third behind Arsenal and Tottenham in the Under-18 Premier League South table. In a wide-open contest that encouraged both teams to attack, the score could easily have…


Under-18s: Chelsea 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

April 10, 2019

For a season at least, Chelsea have had to surrender their title as the undisputed Kings of the Under-18 Premier League South. Whether it’s Arsenal or Tottenham who official dethrone them at the end of the month, it will be entirely on merit, as Spurs showed with a battling but ultimately comfortable 2-0 win at Cobham on Wednesday lunchtime. Follow Dan Davies for photos from the match. The North London…


The Loan Report: April 1-7

April 7, 2019

It’s Reece James’ world, we’re all just living in it. He wasn’t the only Chelsea loanee to score this week, but he did steal all the weekend headlines, so it’s only right to start with him. Headliners Having won almost all of Wigan’s player of the month awards, earned a Championship Team of the Season spot, and been almost unplayable at right-back and in midfield, it’s been quite a season…


Day Of Disappointment For Academy Teams

April 6, 2019

It was a day of frustrations for Chelsea’s academy teams, in a season that has felt like one long ‘what could have been’, in domestic competition at least. Andy Myers’ Under-18s twice fought back from losing positions to draw at home to West Ham, while Joe Edwards’ Development Squad went 2-0 up away to Liverpool inside half an hour, only to succumb to a late 3-2 defeat. With just five…